According to Demosisto chairman Ivan Lam (林朗彥), one member of the party was detained by public security on March 26 at around 6 p.m. at Shenzhen North Station while he was returning to Hong Kong after visiting relatives in mainland China.
The person was surrounded by a dozen officers and taken to a police station, where his hands and feet were shackled to a chair. He was interrogated for about 3 hours. He was asked whether he had participated in a pro-democracy demonstration on China’s National Day (October 1). He was also asked to write down a list of Demosisto party members. He was released at 9 p.m.
Another Demosisto party member was detained on August 17 at Guangzhou Railway Station. He was told that he “had been reported” by somebody. He was taken to a room at Liuhua Hotel.
The police used a lie-detector during the interrogation. He was asked questions about Demosisto and whether he had participated in pro-democracy demonstrations. He, too, was requested to write down a list of Demosisto members. After he refused to comply, the officers threatened him and forced him to sign a written apology.
He was also asked whether Demosisto secretary-general Joshua Wong had received by US organizations an iPhone 5 and money for phone fees during the 2014 Occupy Central movement. He was released after 5 hours at about 1 a.m.
Demosisto condemned the Chinese police’s detention of its members and decided to hold a press conference after consulting with lawyers. For security reasons the identity of the detained party members were not disclosed.
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