Date
23 October 2017
Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at a Tuen Mun shopping mall. Some of the protesters (inset) are now off the hook. Photos: Sanpoyan/Facebook, TVB.com
Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at a Tuen Mun shopping mall. Some of the protesters (inset) are now off the hook. Photos: Sanpoyan/Facebook, TVB.com

Charges dropped against eight in anti-parallel trade protests

Charges have been dropped against eight of the 10 people arrested for illegal assembly during protests against parallel traders in Tuen Mun in February.

The Department of Justice said a review of the cases showed that there is no chance the charges against the eight would lead to a conviction, adding that police had not asked for legal opinion before they decided to press charges against them, Apple Daily reported.

The eight, aged 18 to 36, were among those arrested during protests at Trend Plaza and Tuen Mun Town Plaza in February.

The other two students, aged 16 and 22, have denied charges of obstructing police officers in carrying out their duties and assaulting police officers on Feb. 8. They will stand trial on June 22 and 25.

Tuen Mun resident Chan Yau-tak, one of those whose charges have been dropped, said police wasted his time and the taxpayers’ money.

“It makes perfect sense for someone like me who lives in Tuen Mun to appear at a shopping arcade that was not declared a restricted area by the police,” Chan said. “It was ridiculous for the police to use pepper spray inside the shopping arcade.”

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