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13-Year-Old Student Reporter Detained and Threatened by Police
Hong Kong netizens launched Mother's Day flashmob rallies on May 10th, but they were chased away by the Hong Kong riot police. A 13-year-old student reporter, Lu, from Student Depth Media was surrounded by the police, and later was taken to the police station and detained more than an hour before being released. A Hong Kong teacher posted an open letter on Facebook, applauding the student Lu for being brave and upright, and said that the world will become broader and better because of his efforts to seek the truth. Hong Kong Police asks: "How old are you?" Lu replied: "I am 13 years old." Hong Kong Police said: "Illegal Child Labor." Hong Kong Police said: "Let's Go." Lu replied: "I’m not being paid." Hong Kong Police said:” What kind of reporter are you?" Lu:" I am a student reporter." Hong Kong police said: “Leave, go." Student Lu presented his press badge when surrounded by a number of armed police officers. The Hong Kong Police rebuked him for "illegal child labor” and being a “thug,” but Lu stated that he wasn’t getting paid and was volunteering as a student reporter. Some police officers laughed at his height and tried to take him away, but were stopped by other officers. Later, Lu was interrogated by the police and arrested with another female reporter. The social workers said that both of them are underage and should be accompanied by social workers to the police station, but this was ignored by the police. Lu was released after being detained for more than an hour. Reporter Lu said: "(Reporters) are treated like this by the police at the demonstration. I really respect you, so I just want to participate." Lu's mother said she knew that her son went out for an interview and she would watch the live broadcast, hoping to let him learn and grow by participating in the big events. However, the police threatened that if they see Lu next time at a demonstration, they would issue subpoenas against his mother in the name of protecting children and she will be held criminally responsible for not protecting her underage son. Reporter said: "You mom is worried about you. What do you want to say to her?" Lu said: "Happy Mother's Day. I'm sorry." A HK female teacher posted that “being a student reporter, you wear a reflective vest as required, present your press badge, and answer the police’s questions to reveal your identity without raising your voice. In this era where everything seems to be covered up and procedures are ignored, these seemingly ordinary actions make you look extremely frank and upright." She also wrote, "Please continue to study hard, think about those difficult affairs with your heart, even if you might not be able to find the answer, but the world will definitely become better and more beautiful because of your continuous exploration, pondering, and truth-seeking journey."