Hong Kong/China (22/12). Hong Kong police arrested David Su, a 19-year-old after coming under fire Friday night, and also seized a semi-automatic rifle they say the man planned to use at a public event. The suspect opening fire on the arrests team and the discovery of a semi-automatic weapon with a large number of ammunition is a continuous concern to the public safety.
Concerning is the willingness by the extremists to use force. This is not uncommon and was expected.
A suspected pistol was found at the scene, and officers seized an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and over 200 rounds of ammunition at a nearby flat. Police then conducted a raid of a Jade Plaza flat backed by a court warrant, and found the rifle, bullets for the rifle and 44 hollow-point pistol rounds.
“According to our intelligence, we know he was hoping to use the gun to cause chaos and hurt police officers during the public gathering,” senior superintendent Steve Li of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau said in the video.
Five others, Wong Chun-keung, Ng Chi-hung, Cheung Chun-fu, Cheung Ming-yu and Yim Man-him were charged earlier for firearms violations.
In 2018 U.S. federal agencies discovered shipments of gun parts are an ongoing case surfaced in January 2019. U.S. federal records show two Malaysians Lionel Chan and Muhammad Radzi were shipping weapon parts to Hong Kong and possibly China. It is unclear if the discovered AR-15 are part of this network.
The illegal shipment of the gun parts, some used to assemble AR-15 assault rifles, was revealed in a federal affidavit after the arrests of 35-year-old Brighton resident Lionel Chan and 26-year-old Muhammad Radzi aka Muhammad Mohd Radzi of Brooklyn. The identity of a third subject “Lai” remains unclear at the time our report.
The two Malaysian nationals were arrested Thursday and charged with conspiring to illegally export firearms and firearm parts from the United States to an individual located in Hong Kong, China, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Authorities said beginning around March 2018, Chan started buying a variety of U.S.-origin firearms parts, including parts to assemble AR-15 assault rifles and 9mm semi-automatic handguns. The purchases were done at the request of a buyer in Hong Kong authorities said.
Using eBay, gunbroker.com, and other websites, Chan began purchasing parts online, authorities said. The buyer in Hong Kong exchanged messages with Chan through WhatsApp and instructed Chan what parts to buy and the websites to use, according to a federal affidavit.
Between March and May 2018, Chan shipped 12 packages from Massachusetts to the buyer in Hong Kong, authorities said. The packages listed the items inside as “shoes, snacks, GoPro mounts.”
Radzi joined the conspiracy in April 2018, authorities said. He is accused of shipping 21 packages from New York to the buyer in Hong Kong between May and October 2018.
Authorities in Hong Kong intercepted packages containing gun parts in October 2018 and arrested a Chinese national on gun charges.
Hong Kong has been gripped by increasingly violent protests that were ignited in June by the government’s plans to enact a law which would have allowed extraditions to jurisdictions including mainland China. The government scrapped the bill after continued public pressure but the unrest continued and protesters’ demands expanded to include broader democracy and an independent commission of inquiry into police conduct.
Hong Kong police on Saturday said they had foiled a second bomb plot in under a week related to the ongoing anti-government protests after officers arrested three men allegedly testing home-made devices and chemicals in a secluded area.
Arrows, petrol bombs
Demonstrators hurl petrol bombs and launch arrows at riot police almost weekly, while officers have fired more than 10,000 rounds of tear gas, and used rubber bullets and water cannons. At least 6,000 protesters have been arrested since June.
In another blow for Lam, several retired judges approached by the government have turned down requests to join an independent review committee to look into the ongoing unrest, the Post cited the person as saying.
Public sentiment in Hong Kong seems to be squarely behind the demonstrators, with pro-democracy candidates winning a landslide victory against pro-government rivals in local elections last month. There has been a relative lull in the scale and frequency of the violence since the polls, but the protests are continuing, including rallies planned for this weekend.
Meanwhile police have intensified their efforts to limit financial support for the protesters. On Thursday evening, officers announced the arrest of four people for suspected money-laundering in the first case related to funding of the demonstrations.
Radical Protesters versus Terrorisms, Extremist Anarchist
Officials increasingly call for the implementation of the National Security legislation in light of the increasing radicalization and the calls for to overthrow the administration. The increasing number of high-powered weapon arrests and a Malaysian smuggling ring bringing weapons into Hong Kong has for some time departed from peaceful demonstration and choice violence, bombs, IED and now returning fire on Hong Kong Police officers.
Hong Kong must not delay the introduction of a national security law, a central government adviser warned on Saturday, adding that it also needed to do a better job implementing its existing laws.
Wang Zhenmin, director of Tsinghua University’s Centre for Hong Kong and Macau Research, told a seminar in Beijing, that it was now an essential task for the city to put Article 23 legislation on the agenda.
Under Article 23 of the Basic Law, national security laws should prohibit seven types of activity: treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the central government, theft of state secrets, the hosting of political activities by foreign political organisations or bodies, and the establishment of ties between local and foreign political organisations.
The Hong Kong government will not have the political energy to legislate the controversial national security law in the next few years despite renewed calls from Beijing, according to two pro-establishment heavyweights.