Hong Kong govt. colluded with China in arrest of 12 residents – Activists

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and relatives of the 12 detainees in mainland China protested outside the headquarters of the Hong Kong Government Flying Service on Thursday, demanding an explanation of flights made by its aircraft on the day that the 12 were detained by the China Coast Guard as they headed for the democratic island of Taiwan.

Activist Joshua Wong and former pro-democracy lawmaker Eddie Chu told journalists at the protest, they have evidence that the government had sent a fixed-wing aircraft to track the speedboat carrying the 12 activists.

The 12 have been held incommunicado in Yantian Detention Center in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen since their detention on Aug. 23.

“Internal flight records of the Government Flying Service provided to us by our sources clearly show that there was a … police operation, with the fixed-wing aircraft flying a mission from 4.10 a.m. to 8.45 a.m. [on Aug. 23]that was piloted by the police,” Wong said at the protest.

“This gives the lie to the police claim that they had no prior knowledge of the incident.”

“It is highly likely that the police, together with a pilot provided by the security bureau, were part of a cross-border, interdepartmental operation that colluded with the setting of this trap, and the rendition of the 12 Hongkongers to mainland China,” Wong said.

Hong Kong police commissioner Chris Tang claimed on Aug. 27 that the 12 weren’t detained as part of a cross-border operation, adding that they hadn’t contacted the Chinese authorities about the incident until Aug. 28.

Police later cited a “reply” from Guangdong police on Sept. 25 confirming the seizure of a speedboat “suspected of illegally crossing the border.”

Democracy activist Lester Shum said it was now fairly clear that the police had lied.

“The thing that we can get with certainty from this newly discovered evidence is that everything that has been said up until now by police, security secretary John Lee and by chief executive Carrie Lam is a total lie, definitely, 100 percent,” Shum told RFA.

“The Hong Kong police and government had a hand in this all along, and colluded in the deliberate rendition of these 12 Hong Kong youths to mainland China,” he said.

“The thing that we can get with certainty from this newly discovered evidence is that everything that has been said up until now by police, security secretary John Lee and by chief executive Carrie Lam is a total lie, definitely, 100 percent,” Shum told RFA.

“The Hong Kong police and government had a hand in this all along, and colluded in the deliberate rendition of these 12 Hong Kong youths to mainland China,” he said.

The mother of detainee Li Tsz-yin told journalists that this could be one reason that none of the 12 detainees has been allowed to meet with a lawyer.

“Why would they have prevented them from meeting with the lawyers we hired, if it wasn’t that there are things they don’t want the public to find out?” she said. “I think the Hong Kong authorities colluded with the mainland Chinese authorities to betray the people of Hong Kong.”

“I call on them to release our sons and daughters, the 12 detainees, and not to allow any more renditions to China, no more collaboration,” she said.

Sources also told Wong that the pilot and other flight crew in the operation hadn’t been aware of the nature of the target, a claim former pilot Tam Man-ho was credible.

“They could have flown the entire mission without knowing what the operation was,” he said.

Data obtained from the flight tracking website FlightAware showed that two Hong Kong government aircraft, the fixed-wing plane B-LVB and and the H175 Cheetah helicopter B-LVH, flew around, and to and from the area where the activists were arrested on the morning of Aug. 23.

But the Government Flying Service rejected calls to make its operational data public, government broadcaster RTHK reported, saying it wasn’t “usual practice” to do so.

Lam said on Tuesday that the “Hong Kong police had absolutely no role” in the detention of the 12 Hongkongers, and dismissed media reports as “smearing” the government. (Source: RFA)

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