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Hong Kong activist arrested 6 months after Hu protest

Published on Dec 23, 2012 6:53 PM
Pro-democracy protesters tear pieces of paper with a picture of the 18th Communist Party Congress, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong on Nov 8, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - A member of a radical Hong Kong political opposition party on Sunday said he had been arrested six months after throwing a T-shirt at Chinese President Hu Jintao's motorcade.

League of Social Democrats vice-chairman Avery Ng told AFP he had been arrested on Saturday on a charge of public nuisance, after throwing the T-shirt bearing a drawing of the late Chinese dissident Li Wangyang on June 29.

Mr Hu was visiting the former British colony to mark the 15th anniversary of the territory's handover and to preside over the city's leadership change on July 1.

"We were just exercising our basic human right to protest... and that was already being violated by the police," Mr Ng told AFP, saying that he threw his T-shirt because police confiscated demonstrators' banners shortly before the motorcade's arrival.

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