Date
24 September 2017
Joshua Wong (L) and Lester Shum (R) hold back a protester behind a barricade while watching police movement at Mong Kok before they were arrested Wednesday. The student leaders have now been released on bail. Photo: Reuters
Joshua Wong (L) and Lester Shum (R) hold back a protester behind a barricade while watching police movement at Mong Kok before they were arrested Wednesday. The student leaders have now been released on bail. Photo: Reuters

Forty-eight get conditional bail after Mong Kok arrests

A total of 48 people have been freed on bail as of now, out of the nearly 160 people that were arrested during the street clearance operation in Mong Kok on Wednesday.

Student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung and 30 other pro-democracy activists were granted bail on Thursday, adding to the 17 that were granted bail earlier.

All were released on the condition that they won’t return to a large area in Mong Kok, which had been one of the main protest sites for Occupy groups. 

Until their next court appearance on Jan. 14, Wong and other activists were barred from setting foot on Mong Kok Road and Dundas Street, as well as sections between Fa Yuen Street and Shanghai Street, Ming Pao Daily reported.

They can however travel through the area by public transportation or transfer there.

The group that was granted bail Thursday comprised 25 men and 6 women, aged between 17 and 65. The bail bonds ranged from HK$50 to HK$500, according to the report.

The defense lawyer questioned the bail condition and also pointed out that the no-go area that has been set is larger than the area covered by the injunction granted by the High Court. 

Lester Shum, deputy secretary of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, was among those freed on bail Thursday.

All the activists have been charged with obstructing officers in their duty and other offences.

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