HK protest leader accuses gov’t of harassment via police arrests


HONG KONG — Hong Kong student leader Alex Chow on Sunday accused police of mounting a campaign of harassment against pro-democracy campaigners after he became the latest figure to be arrested and released by police. Several protest leaders have been summoned in recent days over offenses relating to the mass protests that shut down parts of the city late last year, only to be released in what lawyers have condemned as a potential abuse of process. Police have vowed to investigate the ��principal instigators�� of the rallies calling for free leadership elections, in what campaigners say is part of a crackdown on the pro-democracy movement. Chow, who voluntarily turned himself in on Sunday in line with a police request, said he had been formally arrested but not charged after being questioned for around an hour.

��If they have enough evidence, for sure … they can lay the charges,�� Chow said, accusing the authorities of creating politically motivated ��white terror.�� ��I can’t think of any other reason (for the arrests) other than creating white terror or a politically motivated one,�� he said. A police spokeswoman declined to comment on Chow’s case when asked by AFP.