Veteran Hong Kong Activist Arrested During Winter Olympics Demo

A veteran Hong Kong activist was arrested for “incitement to subversion of state power” on Friday ahead of a planned protest against Beijing’s hosting of the Winter Olympics.

Independent news agency Hong Kong Free Press reported that police confirmed the arrest and detention of 70-year-old activist Koo Sze-yiu. 

Local media said that the national security police brought in four others to assist with the investigation, but it was not clear if they had also been arrested.

On Monday, Koo sent a media invitation to local news outlets saying he was planning to protest on Friday outside Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong ahead of the start of the Olympics. 

“The central government is only concerned with hosting the Winter Olympics to whitewash the situation and does not care about miscarriages of justice in Hong Kong,” Koo’s invitation read. 

Chair of the League of Social Democrats Chan Po-ying said that “if simply protesting at China Liaison Office can be charged with incitement, it is quite terrifying.”

Koo was jailed for taking part in an unauthorized assembly and violating the anti-mask law during a demonstration in October 2019 and was released from prison last July.

Koo has been jailed ten times prior.


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