A man has been arrested under British colonial-era laws for allegedly “doing acts with a seditious intention” after protest stickers were found on the security gate of a flat in Hong Kong.

Police said the content of the stickers – pasted on the metal security grill of a flat in Yiu Tung Estate, Chai Wan – were also in alleged breach of the new national security law.

Yiu Tung Estate
Yiu Tung Estate. File photo: Richard923888, via Wikicommons.

On Monday, the force said a 37-year-old man, who was arrested on Saturday, had been released on bail and ordered to report back to the police in September. The force’s national security unit are investigating.

Stand News reported that stickers and fai chuns – traditional Chinese scrolls – containing the anti-extradition bill protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” were found on the gate. The slogan has been deemed illegal by the government since the enactment of the national security law last June.

New protest flag arrest

Also on Monday, police said a 36-year-old woman was picked up last Friday over the displaying of a protest flag outside the window of a flat in Mong Kok. The force had arrested a 40 year-old man for alleged sedition in connection with the case.

flag police
Photo: StandNews.

Hong Kong’s sedition laws – which fall under the Crimes Ordinance – are different to the Beijing-imposed national security law. The sedition charge was last amended in 1972 when the city was under British colonial rule. It outlaws treason, incitement to mutiny and disaffection and other offences against the British Crown.

Activist and DJ Tam Tak-chi was also charged under the law for “uttering seditious words.” He has been remanded in custody pending trial since his arrest in September last year. Another radio host, Edmund Wan Yiu-sing, better known as “Giggs,” is also facing a charge of “seditious intent.” Wan has been remanded in custody since February.

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Candice is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously worked as a researcher at a local think tank. She has a BSocSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and a MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics.