Man arrested on alleged incitement charge over social media comment

The 64-year-old was arrested over his social media comment. Photo: Unsplash/Philipp Katzenberger
The 64-year-old was arrested over his social media comment. Photo: Unsplash/Philipp Katzenberger

A 64-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly inciting violence towards government officials in a comment he posted on social media Tuesday.

He earlier responded to a social media post in which somebody wrote about having suicidal tendencies. In his reply, he encouraged the poster to take his life and “die together” with government officials and judicial officers.

Police identified the poster, who was not hurt, and arranged for him to be followed up by the Social Welfare Department.

Officers arrested the 64-year-old in Fanling and confiscated two mobile phones. The man, a hawker with no previous record of arrest, did not specifically mention the names of any government officials or judicial officers, Chief inspector Cheng Chak-yan from the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau told reporters at a press conference.

He faces up to life imprisonment if convicted. Further arrests are not ruled out, police said.

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