Filipino gets arrested for wearing black shirt near protest area in Hong Kong
A Filipino, along with a South Korean national, is one of the first foreigners to be arrested in a string of rallies in Hong Kong.
The Filipino national was detained because he was wearing black near the protest area in Kowloon on Saturday night.
The Filipino national, who wanted to remain anonymous for the sake of his mother’s health, works as a dancer in Hong Kong Disneyland, according to Deputy Philippine Consul General in Hong Kong Germinia Aguilar-Usudan via Dateline Philippines.
Aguilar-Usudan detailed that the Filipino man was just in the area to buy food when he was arrested by authorities.
“He said he’s on his way to get some food last night and unfortunately he was wearing black and he’s not part of the rally,” Aguilar-Usudan said.
“This is the first time it happened, no Filipino has been arrested before ever since the rallies on the extradition bill has (sic) started,” Aguilar-Usudan said.
He was held at the North Point Police Station and later went through a routine checkup where he was joined by officers from the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong.
No charges have been filed against the Filipino yet. Two pro-bono Hong Kong lawyers are assisting him as of the moment.
The Philippine Consulate has issued multiple advisories since protests against a controversial Hong Kong bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China started in April. It reiterated this in an advisory posted yesterday that warned against planned protests today. Filipinos in Hong Kong were told to avoid seven rally areas and to not wear black or white clothing.
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