Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong has accused the government of trying to link Monday’s unrest in Mong Kok with Scholarism, after the police arrested fellow student activist group member Derek Lam Shun-hin.

Lam Shun-hin (left) was arrested on Wednesday morning. Photo: TVB screenshot.

Wong said that Lam had acted calmly and did not get into any physical conflicts with police officers. He asked the police to present evidence and make allegations against Lam public. He said that, otherwise, Lam should be released.

“The police or the government just want to create the impression that Scholarism was involved in the riot,” Wong said.

Photo: HKFP/Joel Christian.

Lam was arrested on Wednesday morning for alleged involvement in the unrest which rocked Mong Kok this week. Scholarism released a statement after the arrest saying that Lam was not involved in any violent behaviour, and that the group is “angered by the arbitrary arrest by the police”.

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