A 14-year-old girl and a woman have been arrested after allegedly writing graffiti on a wall in a former protest site in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district.
They are being held on a charge of criminal damage for vandalizing the so-called Lennon Wall where pro-democracy supporters posted messages during the 79-day protests, according to Ming Pao Daily.
In a Facebook post, Civic Party member Ken Tsang said more than 20 constables were on hand when the arrests were made.
Tsang rose to prominence after he was beaten by policemen at the height of the sit-ins.
He said the two had merely quietly drawn flowers on the wall with chalk, adding the police had no reason to arrest them.
“What are the police afraid of?” Tsang wrote.
A commentary on online media platform Post 852 said the police overreacted and suggested the arrests were politically motivated.
By law, vandalism resulting in damage to property is punishable with three months’ imprisonment or a fine of HK$500 (US$64.45).
The commentary said it’s arguable whether in this instance, the use of chalk specified in the vandalism ordinance, caused any damage to property.
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