A secondary five school member of Student Localism has been arrested in Admiralty for alleged possession of an air gun, according to the pro-independence student organisation.

The 16-year-old, surnamed Lau, was arrested at around 8pm on Tuesday after being searched by police at the intersection between Tim Mei Avenue and Harcourt Road near the Legislative Council demonstration area, according to police.

Photo: HKFP.

Pro-democracy lawmakers and activists have been conducting daily protests against proposed changes to the council’s Rules of Procedure, which would increase the powers of the president to end filibustering. Democrats are concerned the reforms could rob them of the power to block bills and form certain investigative committees.

A Student Localism spokesperson told HKFP that the arrested member was a form five student at Kwai Chung Methodist College.

Student Localism did not join the protests and did not urge its members to participate.

Photo: HKFP.

The group added that members arrived at Central Police Station to provide support and obtain legal assistance.

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“We once again urge our supporters who wish to head to the Admiralty protest zone to be vigilant and stay safe,” it said on Facebook.

The student was released on bail at around 3:50am on Wednesday. He was required to report to police in mid-December.

Pro-independence flyers handed out by Hong Kong National Front and Student Localism. Photo: Facebook.

Last month, Student Localism and the group Hong Kong National Front said they have distributed pro-independence leaflets outside around 20 schools across Hong Kong, after a months-long break in such campaigning.

Student Localism said the Kwai Chung Methodist College had failed to apologise for allegedly who pressuring the form five student at the school who displayed a pro-independence slogan on his phone when appearing in a photo with Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The incident occurred at a Ming Pao student reporter award ceremony. The group then protested outside the school.


Elson Tong

Elson Tong is a graduate of international relations and former investigations consultant. He has also written for Stand News.