29-year-old man accused of writing inciting messages on bus seats faces charges

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25th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) The National Security Department has filed charges against a 29-year-old man today, accusing him of three counts of “acts with intent to incite” and two counts of “destroying or damaging property.” The case is scheduled to appear this afternoon at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts.

On 23rd June, the National Security Department conducted a law enforcement operation in the Tseung Kwan O area, resulting in the arrest of the aforementioned individual. He is suspected of violating Article 24 of the National Security Law, which pertains to “acts with intent to incite.” Investigations have revealed that the arrested man allegedly continuously wrote inciting messages on the backs of seats in various public buses from March to April. The content of these messages included inciting others to harbuor hatred towards the central government and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government.

The accused individual’s actions are in violation of the National Security Law implemented in Hong Kong. This law aims to safeguard national security and maintain social stability in the region. The charges brought against him reflect the seriousness with which authorities are addressing activities that threaten national security and public order.