Hong Kong / China (7/4). The trio, 18 year olds Tsang Wa-kwan and Lo Nip-fung, and 16-year-old Kwok Hoi-dick were arrested soon after incident in Tai Po. All three attend the same secondary school in the town.
Three teenagers accused of hurling five petrol bombs at a Hong Kong police station two days ago were remanded by a court on Friday.
Tuen Mun Court heard that Form Five students Tsang Wa-kwan and Lo Nip-fung, both 18, had each thrown two bombs to Tai Po Police Station in the early hours of Wednesday, before they were arrested by officers at the scene.
At a park 500m away from the station, officers stopped the third defendant, 16-year-old Form Three pupil Kwok Hoi-dick, whom they believed threw the fifth bomb.
The trio, who go to the same secondary school in the northeast residential town, were jointly charged with one count of arson.
Separately, Tsang and Lo each faced one count of assaulting a police officer which they are accused of assaulting while being arrested. They were not required to enter a plea.
Acting Principal Magistrate Cheung Kit-yee denied their bail applications following prosecutors’ objections. Lawyers for Tsang and Kwok said they would renew their applications in Fanling Court next Tuesday. All three are scheduled to appear in Fanling Court on May 28.
Police premises have become a frequent target for anti-government protesters since civil unrest broke out last June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill.
“Radicalizing students in school is a well known process of any extremists or terrorist groups“, says an expert on radicalization. “The parallels to jihadists are staring us in the face”, he said. “The recruitment of students, radicalization of schools as the well as a the role of teachers radicalizing students are important elements for the Hong Kong police and the Security Branch.” he added.
The example of the three charged students illustrate the depth of radicalization of the urban extremists in Hong Kong. “The triangle of radicals is not an exception but rather the rule. Officials soon will realize that arrests and conviction rates will not be enough the stem the tide of extremism.”
Deradicalization programs in Hong Kong are not known to exist. Experts warn the lack of the Hong Kong police that the radicalization of student is indicative that a new wave of homegrown extremists in Hong Kong is in the making and are ready to continue the struggle.