A protester commonly known as “Old Ng”, who was injured and arrested at the June 12 anti-extradition bill protest, has been released unconditionally. But the police can arrest him again over the same incident in the future.

Ng Ying-mo, 58, was shot in the lower abdomen by a police rubber bullet on June 12, when he was seen falling to the ground. Before he was shot, Ng was standing alone in front of the police defence line shouting at officers, but did not take any physical action.

Ng, who has stage three lung cancer, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly, and was allowed bail.

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Ng Ying-mo after being shot by police. Photo: Lampson Yip.

The June 12 protest came after a June 9 anti-extradition law rally, which organisers said was attended by one million people. On June 12, police fired around 150 tear gas canisters, 20 bean bag rounds and “several” rounds of rubber bullets to disperse protesters surrounding the Legislative Council as they clashed with officers.

Ng’s daughter, known as Frances, confirmed to HKFP that Ng has been unconditionally released.

She told Apple Daily that her father had asked the police not to extend bail, meaning that they must charge him within 48 hours of his detention, or release him unconditionally. The police did not charge him.

“Thank you for all of your concern. I will be united with you all, together… young people must persist,” Frances quoted her father as saying.

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Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

Frances said the next step would be to file a complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Council over the use of violence by the police.

The extradition bill would allow the city to handle case-by-case fugitive transfers to jurisdictions with no prior arrangements, including China. Critics have said residents would be at risk of extradition to the mainland, which lacks human rights protections.

Large-scale protests since June have morphed into wider displays of dissent over democracy, alleged police brutality and other community grievances. On Tuesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam declared the bill “dead,” but did not enact any mechanism to withdraw it or agree to other demands.

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Posted by 民間人權陣線 Civil Human Rights Front on Sunday, 30 June 2019

In a video published on July 1 by the Civil Human Rights Front, Ng told supporters that his health was “okay.”

“Although I am sick, I will not give up, because success is for those who persist, and we have to look at the big picture. I only have a daughter but I treat you all as my children. For you guys, I will not back off,” he said.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.