Date
18 December 2017
The 14-year-old girl (center) was released on bail on New Year's Eve. The next day, about 30 people chalked messages on the Lennon Wall (inset) calling on C.Y. Leung to step down. Photos: SocRec
The 14-year-old girl (center) was released on bail on New Year's Eve. The next day, about 30 people chalked messages on the Lennon Wall (inset) calling on C.Y. Leung to step down. Photos: SocRec

Girl, 14, has no regrets about graffiti on Lennon Wall

The 14-year-old girl sent to a children’s home after she was found drawing on a wall at the cleared Occupy protest site in Admiralty said she had no regrets about taking part in the pro-democracy campaign.

The girl, who was released on bail, said she was treated reasonably in the children’s home and did a lot of reflection during her stay there, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

She called for the people of Hong Kong not to give up after having hung on in the street occupation for nearly three months, no easy feat.

Police caught the girl on Dec. 23 drawing a flower with chalk on the “Lennon Wall” — a staircase that had been covered with brightly coloured notes of support during the 79-day street occupation.

She was arrested for criminal damage, but police have yet to proceed to prosecution.

Police obtained a protection order from a court Monday and put her into a children’s home.

After she spent two nights at the home, the court accepted her appeal against the order and released her on bail.

Under a court-ordered curfew, the girl must stay home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next day.

She can go out only in the company of her father, sister or a social worker.

The girl said she will continue to support the pro-democracy campaign despite not being able to take part in person.

On Thursday, about 30 people gathered at the Lennon Wall and chalked on it messages such as “689 step down”, and “CY step down” — referring to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who was elected with 689 votes from the 1,200-strong Election Committee — before they were stopped by police.

Police said they may prosecute those concerned.

Solicitor Daniel Wong said drawing with chalk on a wall does not constitute criminal damage, as the graffiti can be washed away easily.

Even if the police wish to prosecute the girl, Wong said, they should have arrested her for an offence under the Summary Offences Ordinance, which would be a less serious crime than criminal damage.

Wong said the action police took inevitably makes people wonder if political considerations influenced the handling of the case.

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