Three activists from the pro-democracy Demosisto group have been charged in connection a protest outside police headquarters.
On June 21, thousands besieged the Wan Chai base amid anger over alleged police misconduct during the anti-extradition law protests. The crowd chanted “release the righteous” and “shame on police thugs,” as others scrawled graffiti and threw eggs at the building.
Demosisto Secretary-General Joshua Wong and his colleague Agnes Chow were arrested on Friday morning. They appeared before Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts on Friday afternoon.
Wong was charged with inciting, organising and participating in an unauthorised assembly. Chow was charged inciting and participating in an unauthorised assembly.
Demosisto Chairman Ivan Lam was also charged with inciting an unauthorised assembly. But Lam has been away from Hong Kong since August 28.
Chainrai said Lam did not know he had been charged, had not been arrested when he left the city, and had not violated any bail conditions. She asked the prosecution for advice on how to proceed, and the prosecution agreed to postpone the case. She postponed it to November 8.
Wong and Chow were allowed HK$10,000 bail. They cannot leave Hong Kong, except for any travel plans made prior to their arrest.
Wong will visit Taiwan, Germany and the US to attend events and give speeches. Chow will attend a conference in Germany and visit her godparents in Austria.
Both Wong and Chow have to observe a curfew between 11pm and 7am, and report to the police twice a week.
Hong Kong Free Press relies on direct reader support. Help safeguard independent journalism and press freedom as we invest more in freelancers, overtime, safety gear & insurance during this summer’s protests. 10 ways to support us.