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Hong Kong’s arrest of 8 democrats is straight out of the authoritarian toolkit

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The latest police action against Hong Kong’s pro-democracy legislators comes straight out of the book of how police states deal with opposition figures who have the temerity to win elections.

Casting aside what had been widely perceived to be the immunity of lawmakers as they go about their business in LegCo, eight democrats were arrested on November 1 and 2 under the very law which is supposed to bestow immunity on their activities – the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance.

Andrew Wan of Democratic Party feels unwell during chaotic scenes at the House Committee special meeting and leaves the conference room on a stretcher. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

The arrest arises from a session of LegCo’s House Committee in May when legislators on both sides of the divide were involved in unruly scenes. However not a single pro-China legislator has been nabbed by the police. On the contrary the government is highly likely to block the private prosecution of Kwok Wai-keung, who is accused of assault by democrat Raymond Chan.

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