Hong Kong lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai, the leader of Civic Passion, is arrested tonight (11 April) at Sham Shui Po by the police, after being notified that he would be charged with “desecrating the national flag” and “desecrating the Special Administrative Region flag” yesterday (10 April).
The police requested Cheng to report to the police station at Central District yesterday. Cheng refused as he was engaged with his official duties. He requested the police to post the relevant letters to the Legislative Council.
Before his arrest at Sham Shui Po, Cheng was on his way to host his radio programme at MyRadio. However, 14 policemen from the Crime Investigation Department have been waiting for him outside the headquarter of Proletariat Political Institute, where MyRadio is located at. The policemen were going to bring him to the police station at Central District, but he told Passion Times that he would be taken to the Cheung Sha Wan police station first.
Since Cheng turned the flag decorations of multiple pro-establishment LegCo members upside-down in last October in the Legislative Council, he has long been a target for the pro-establishment parties. In his interview at the LegCo yesterday, Cheng believed the charges to be ridiculous. He believed that the pro-establishment LegCo members should also be arrested by the same logic, for the sizes and display of such flags should abide to the National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance.
Cheng also said that for him to report to the police station to obtain the relevant papers is not the normal practice. He believed that the police should have notified the chairman and the secretariat of the Legislative Council.
According to the National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance, a person who desecrates the national flag or national emblem by publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on it commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $50,000 and to imprisonment for 3 years”.
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