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Hong Kong cardinal 'prepared' to be arrested over protests

Cardinal Zen says he will turn himself over to authorities in bid to stop violence against demonstrators

Joshua J. McElwee for National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee for National Catholic Reporter

Published: December 03, 2014 04:34 AM GMT

Updated: December 02, 2014 05:06 PM GMT

Hong Kong cardinal 'prepared' to be arrested over protests

Retired Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen says he will be risking arrest by Chinese authorities Wednesday, joining leaders in the months-long Occupy protests there who are handing themselves over in a bid to stop violence against the protesters.

According to reports by Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK Tuesday, Zen said he would be joining three of the Occupy group leaders in turning themselves in.

“I’m prepared to be jailed, which is the strongest and most sincere proof of the unfairness of the system in Hong Kong,” Zen said, according to a translation of the report by the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Zen, who retired as the bishop of Hong Kong in 2009, has been a vocal critic of the Chinese government's policies in Hong Kong and Chinese treatment of Christians.

 

Full Story: Report: Hong Kong Cardinal to risk arrest in protest

Source:National Catholic Reporter

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