Date
18 January 2017
Wong Ching-wah (middle) leaves a court with her relatives after charges against her were withdrawn in a case related to a January protest in Mongkok. Photo: Apple Daily
Wong Ching-wah (middle) leaves a court with her relatives after charges against her were withdrawn in a case related to a January protest in Mongkok. Photo: Apple Daily

Charges dropped against woman in Mongkok protest case

A woman who participated in a Mongkok “shopping” protest in January, in an extension of last year’s Occupy campaign, has seen the charges against her dropped in a Hong Kong court on Wednesday.

The woman, who faced a charge of common assault for allegedly attacking a man near an MTR station, saw the case being withdrawn as video footage provided by some citizens proved her innocence, Ming Pao Daily News reported.

Wong Ching-wah, 40, who is currently unemployed, had been accused of attacking a man named Tang Kwok-kung outside an MTR exit at the junction of Argyle Street and Nathan Road in Mongkok on January 11.

Wong was alleged to have kicked Tang in his calf for no apparent reason.

But video footage provided later by local residents has shown that Tang was running towards people recklessly with his arms held up high in the air.

Wong’s lawyer handed the video evidence to the plaintiff, who then decided to drop the charges against the woman.

Wong said outside the court Wednesday that she felt sad that she had to seek out evidence on her own to prove her innocence.

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