Hong Kong Democratic Party Vice-Chairman Lo Kin-hei has been arrested for allegedly participating in an unlawful assembly outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) during the anti-extradition law protests last November.

The party said on Facebook that police made the arrest at Lo’s home at around 6.30 am on Wednesday. Police told local media that Lo, who also chairs the Southern District Council, had allegedly gathered with over 100 people near the Science Museum Square and the Urban Council Centenary Garden outside the university campus in Hung Hom on November 18, 2019.

Lo Kin-hei. Photo: Lo Kin-hei, via Facebook.

Lo was later released on bail.

Last November, hundreds of protesters occupied PolyU and several other universities in a bid to mobilise a citywide strike and class boycott during the city’s pro-democracy movement. Police besieged PolyU for almost two weeks by blocking all campus exits, as protesters and officers clashed violently.

In May, police charged 14 people with rioting over the PolyU campus unrest, while another remains wanted.

On Wednesday, police arrested four other men aged 21 to 70 related to the alleged illegal assembly near the campus. Lo and the other arrested persons will appear in the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts on August 21.

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Kelly Ho

Kelly Ho has an interest in local politics, education and sports. She formerly worked at South China Morning Post Young Post, where she specialised in reporting on issues related to Hong Kong youth. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, with a second major in Politics and Public Administration.