Hong Kong Activists Charged Over Protests

July 14, 2015

NewsStandOnline.Net (14-July-2015): Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong and another prominent young pro-democracy activist were charged today over an anti-China protest last year, in what they said was a witch hunt against political campaigners in the city.

Wong emerged from a Hong Kong police station after more than three hours and said he had been charged with two counts of obstructing police officers.

“It’s political persecution… It’s mystifying that I am to be charged for being part of a legal protest,” Wong said.

Hong Kong Activists Charged Over Protest

Lawyer Michael Vidler, who represents Wong, questioned the delay in arresting and charging the student when his whereabouts where known to the authorities.

“It all gives rise to the suspicion that this is persecution rather than proper policing,” he said.

“It may be in due course we will make an application that this is abuse of process.”

Fellow activist Nathan Law, 22, was charged on one count of obstructing police officers and said it set a dangerous precedent.

“If we are charged because we burned the white paper, it means protesters can face more clampdowns in future when they oppose Hong Kong or central government policies,” he said.

Wong and Law will appear in court Friday with two other activists, Raphael Wong and Albert Chan, who have already been charged for obstructing police officers at the June protest.

Wong, 18, the teenage face of the city’s pro-democracy movement, and Law, the leader of the major university student union, accused the authorities of rounding up activists after a contentious Beijing-backed reform package was vetoed last month.

The rejection of the government’s Bill was an unprecedented rebuke to Beijing and left the city politically polarised.