Ray Wong Toi-yung, the spokesperson for prominent localist group Hong Kong Indigenous, was arrested in Sheung Shui on Sunday following a confrontation with counter-protesters.
The arrest came during a “Reclaim Sheung Shui” demonstration—the first in half a year—aimed at parallel traders and the effects they have on the local community.
About 150 members of Hong Kong Indigenous and other local groups marched through the New Territories town before arriving at Sheung Shui MTR station, where they were met by about a dozen counter-protesters from the group Loyalty Militia.
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Separated by barricades and a chain of police officers, the two sides exchanged a volley of insults until around 4:30pm, when Loyal Militia demonstrators began to leave the site.
As members of the Loyalty Militia ascended a pedestrian bridge to leave the site, where they were confronted by Wong, who loudly demanded that police arrest one of their group for shoving a member of HKI.
Footage of the incident shows Wong backing away as police separated the two groups.
An officer pushing Wong back then appears to push him backwards into a bicycle. After both Wong and the policeman fall to the ground, Wong is surrounded and pinned down by several other officers.
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Wong was taken away in handcuffs and charged with assaulting a police officer. He was released on Sunday night on HK$400 bail.
Wong was later released from Sheung Shui Police Station at 11:40pm, after which he addressed a group of around 50 supporters assembled outside the station. Wong told media that police had elbowed in the chest 20 times and hit his face for over 10 minutes inside the police van following his arrest.
Hong Kong Indigenous, along with other localist groups, was spawned from the Occupy movement in 2014 and spearheaded protests against mainland parallel traders in February and March 2015.
Localist groups are generally pro-democracy but often consider pro-democracy activists and pan-democrats within the legislature to be ineffective. The camp is also tied with various movements related to expanding Hong Kong’s autonomy, such as advocating for Hong Kong to become a city-state or for its independence.