Date
17 November 2017
A Hong Hong magistrate had some words of advice for students arrested during a protest against parallel-goods traders on Sunday. Photos: HKEJ, tvb.com
A Hong Hong magistrate had some words of advice for students arrested during a protest against parallel-goods traders on Sunday. Photos: HKEJ, tvb.com

Visitors should be treated as guests, judge tells arrested youth

Three students who were arrested Sunday during a protest against parallel-goods traders appeared in a Tuen Mun court Tuesday after being charged with assaulting police officers and resisting arrest.

Magistrate W C Li, who was hearing the case, had some words of advice for the three defendants on how one should treat visitors, Apple Daily reported. 

The youth should bear in mind the old Chinese saying that “those who step through the door should be treated nicely as guests”, Li was quoted as saying.

Many Hongkongers travel overseas frequently and they would surely want to treated well by foreigners. Likewise, we should accord the same respect and courtesy to people visiting Hong Kong, Li said. 

The magistrate remarked that demonstrations in Hong Kong against the so-called parallel traders are getting serious and turning violent in nature.

In the latest case, the behavior of the three youngsters was disappointing, he said.

The three defendants, who bear the surnames Kwok, Chan and Lam, will have to appear in court again on May 5, pending further investigations by the police.

The trio was released on bail of HK$3,000. They have been banned from leaving Hong Kong, or entering Tuen Mun, and also ordered not to venture out during night-time.

Two of the students were said to be 16 years old while the other was 21 years in age. 

The prosecutor said all the three defendants do not live in Tuen Mun.

Lawyers for the defendants, meanwhile, said the youth faced some violent treatment after their arrest.

Lam said that he was beaten up in a police car after he was arrested. The police were also accused of searching his premises without informing his parents or lawyer.

Kwok said the police forced him to kneel down when he was taken into a room for interrogation. When he refused to kneel, he was kicked from behind, he said, according to the report.

The police were also accused of forcing him to unlock his smartphone to gain access to his Facebook account.

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