Hikers Who Displayed ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ Sign at Mt. Everest Are Arrested
Students were detained by Chinese security officers for two days
A group of Hong Kong university students was detained by Chinese security officers for two days at the Mount Everest base camp in Tibet because one of them was holding a sign reading “Liberate Hong Kong."
A statement from the Cyber Security Force of the Tibet Autonomous Region Security Bureau said:
“After investigation, it was confirmed that the man’s behavior had violated regulations on the law of the People’s Republic of China on Penalties for Administration of Public Security,"
"The public security institution warned him according to law."
The statement added that student admitted “wrongdoing,” and promised not to break Chinese law again.
The student also signed a “statement of repentance.”
He was then relased on Monday along with his traveling companions.
His fellow students included two from Hong Kong universities who do not appear to have been charged, but where detained regardless.
A Hong Kong protest flag was erected by other activists atop Mont Blanc in the Alps over the weekend.
This isn’t a street light.— Joshua Potash 🆘 (@JoshuaPotash) August 24, 2019
This is a “smart” lamppost equipped with cameras and facial recognition technology.
They enable monitoring of Hong Kong, and therefore monitoring of protests.
So the protesters are bringing them down.
The flag on Mont Blanc has a black background reading: “Reclaim Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times.”
Last week, Protesters in Hong Kong destroyed a “smart” lamppost over fears that the device is equipped with facial recognition software and was being used for surveillance, the Daily Dot reported.
Video of the event shows the base of the lamppost being cut with an electric saw before protesters use ropes to topple the device.
Once the lamppost is on the ground, one protester proceeds to pour the liquid into the device, presumably to ensure it no longer works.
“This isn’t a street light. This is a ‘smart’ lamppost equipped with cameras and facial recognition technology,” one Twitter user alleges.
“They enable monitoring of Hong Kong, and therefore monitoring of protests. So the protesters are bringing them down.”