The two members of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy party, the League of Social Democrats (LSD), were detained on criminal damage offences Sunday after they spray-painted graffiti depicting the artist at a small rally, according to party officials and the police.
“This is wrong. Obviously this is a selective persecution,” Avery Ng, the party’s vice-president told AFP, saying the pair were among two dozen party supporters who were at a gathering to show support for the Chinese artist.
“The graffiti are a form of freedom of expression. The arrest was akin to helping the mainland Chinese government to crack down on dissidents,” he said… Numerous stencilled, painted graffiti in support of Ai has been spotted on the streets of the financial hub since his arrest, prompting an investigation by police into possible cases of criminal damage.
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