Pro-democracy activist ‘Fast Beat’ Tam Tak-chi, vice-chairperson of People Power, will remain in custody for at least 2 months, as the court rejected his bail application on Sept 17, 2020.
Tam was arrested by the police on Sept 6, 2020 and charged with “sedition” for chanting familar protest slogans including “Five Demands Not One Less”.
Legislator Ray Chan, chairperson of People Power, described it as a political persecution: The government and the police force is using their power and the law to jail Tam before a trial can take place, in order to intimidate the rest of the population. Chan cited former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Chan said, “We are not afraid, we’ll go on to express ourselves and do what Hongkongers deem right”.
Erica Yuen Lai-ming, former chairperson of People Power, also supported Tam in court. She emphasized that Tam did nothing illegal and thst the authorities are oppressing those who are outspoken about their views. She questioned the supposed damage Tam had caused, to an extent where a bail was not granted.
Former legislator ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung and district councillor Tsang Kin-shing also voiced their support for Tam on site.