Hong Kong millionaire arrested for illegal assembly and intimidation

We all remember the introduction of the controversial extradition bill. This bill proposed the deporting of Hong Kong’s fugitives to China. Evoked by the US-China “Trade War,” trade and tourism in Hong Kong took a massive hit.

The protests. | Image: The Guardian

The public did not take the news well and started protesting. Citizens of Hong Kong were stacking up against the government, and pandemonium broke loose. As an attempt to defy the band, thousands of people staged a rally and clamored for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down. The police jumped into action. Armed with ear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannon to subdue the cacophony. The protestors not only attacked the parliament building but also lit fires and threw petrol bombs. August 31 was earmarked as one of Hong Kong’s darkest days.

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The government of Hong Kong rounded up more than 7,000 people who took part in the rally. One among them is a high profile entrepreneur Jimmy Lai. Founder of Next Media and owner of Apple Daily newspaper. Charged with illegal assembly and intimidation, Lai was arrested at his house. The illegal assembly refers to the anti-government rally that took place last year in which Lai was one of the protestors. The intimidation charges refer to the assault of a journalist with foul language in 2018.

Jimmy Lai Source: The Guardian

Lai’s newspaper, “Apple Daily” is observed to be anti-government, often critical about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The 71-year-old is estimated to be worth $660m by Forbes. “The establishment hates my guts,” he told New York Times. “They think I’m a troublemaker.” He is to be called to the Eastern Magistrate Court on 5 May.

Source: BBC, The Guardian

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