Hong Kong Preacher Arrested, Briefly Detained

06/01/2020 Hong Kong (International Christian Concern) – On May 27, when many took to the streets in Hong Kong to protest the second reading of the National Anthem Bill and to-be-passed National Security Law, a preacher was taken away by the police and briefly detained.

Roy Chan, a preacher at the Good Neighbor North District Church has been actively involved in the anti-extradition law movement since last June. He is known for organizing hunger strike activities and the “Protect Our Children (POC)” task force, which brings volunteers to the front line to stand between young protesters and riot police to mediate.

When the police were making mass arrest in Causeway Bay last Wednesday, the 86-year-old “Grandpa Wong,” who is part of the POC, questioned the police’s unreasonable arrests. This led to some pushing from the police and Wong almost tripped over. Roy Chan walked over to assist, only to be tackled to the floor before getting arrested. His bag was also searched.

Wong was agitated and tried to argue with the police that Chan’s arrest was baseless, since he has done nothing wrong, but others calmed him down and asked him not to stir the police further.

According to Good Neighbor North District Church’s Facebook page, Roy and other volunteers who were taken away were all released as of May 29 early morning. Many waited for their return. None of them was charged, despite the fact that police arrested many on the ground of “illegal gathering.”

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