Police turned away the founders of a leading pro-democracy group in Hong Kong who attempted to surrender on Wednesday for their role in organizing the ongoing street sit-ins for free elections here.
Hong Kong University law professor Benny Tai, Chinese University social studies professor Chan Kin-man and Baptist cleric Rev. Chu Yiu-ming sought to turn themselves in for violating Hong Kong laws on unlawful assembly. But they left Central Police Station less than an hour later, still free men.
They were joined in seeking arrest by several other high-profile supporters of the movement, including the Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, who also walked in, and then out, of the police station.
“We are not being arrested,” said Tai, speaking to press outside the station. He added, though, that he believed police might still arrest him and others at a later stage and charge them with more serious crimes.
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