A fund has been set up to help people who suffered financial losses as a result of joining the Occupy protests last year, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
The Umbrella Relief Fund was launched by senior counsel Edward Chan, former chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association; Dr. Choi Kin, former chairman of the Hong Kong Medical Association; and Christine Fang, former chief executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, among several others.
The fund will pay for medical expenses, loss of income as a result of having been arrested, or legal fees of those who joined the pro-democracy movement.
Illegal acts committed during the protests will not be a factor in determining whether applications will be approved or not, Chan said.
On Friday a campaign was launched to raise HK$1 million (US$129,000) for the fund, which started with only HK$6,000.
Organizers estimated that there will be between 100 and 200 people in need of the fund’s support.
Those who were injured or arrested from Sept. 26 to Dec. 15 can apply by submitting information about their participation in the protests, personal assets, employment status as well as medical, legal or police certificates.
The fund will be audited by certified accountants and their report will be presented to the public every year, Chan said, adding that any unused fund after six years of operation will be donated to charity.
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