Student leader Joshua Wong and three other pro-democracy activists are facing charges of obstructing the police during a protest in June last year.
Wong, convenor of the student group Scholarism, said he has received a call from the police notifying him about the charges, Ming Pao Daily reported on Tuesday.
Facing the same charges are People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip, Raphael Wong Ho-ming, deputy chairman of the League of Social Democrats (LSD), and Nathan Law, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students.
The charges were in connection with a pro-democracy protest held on June 11 last year outside the central government’s liaison office, where the activists burned copies of Beijing’s white paper on the “one country, two systems” policy.
Video clips of the protest provided by the LSD show police constables trying to put out the fire caused by the burning copies of the white paper.
Joshua Wong said on his Facebook page that he received a call from the police on Monday morning while at the airport and about to leave for Japan.
Police acceded to his request to be allowed him to leave and report to the police station after he returns next week.
Wong had been prosecuted on a similar charge during last year’s Occupy protest in Mong Kok, but the case was dismissed.
Raphael Wong said the charges were a political move since the protest happened more than a year ago.
Law said prosecuting people engaged in a peaceful and orderly protest is a violation of the freedoms of assembly and speech.
Albert Luk Wai-hung, a well-known barrister, said the case against the defendants will depend not on when it happened but its merits.
Although the charges might be unfair to the defendants as it has been quite some time since the incident happened, it is still possible for them to be convicted if the prosecutor can prove the charges against them, Luk said.
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