Date
26 March 2017
Alex Chow, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Derek Lam (from left) are facing indictment this month for their role in last year's storming of government headquarters. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK
Alex Chow, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Derek Lam (from left) are facing indictment this month for their role in last year's storming of government headquarters. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK

Student leaders told they will be prosecuted over 2014 protests

Four student protesters are facing indictment for storming the Central Government Offices during last year’s democracy protests.

They have been told by the police that they will be charged in court by the end of the month.

Apple Daily is reporting that Joshua Wong, convenor of student activist group Scholarism, will be indicted for taking part in an illegal assembly and inciting others to participate.

Alex Chow, then leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) and its sitting secretary general, Nathan Law, will be prosecuted for either offense.

A fourth protester, Scholarism member Derek Lam, faces a charge of common assault.

The charges stem from an incident in which activists climbed over a perimeter wall and occupied the East Wing forecourt of government headquarters on Sept. 26 last year, two days before the protests began.  

All four, who were held briefly under “arrest by appointment”, said they have no regrets.

Law, who faces a charge for inciting others to join an unlawful assembly, said in a Fecbook post Tuesday that the government does not distinguish between social activists and common criminals.

“No wonder the government sent cops from the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau when Scholarism members set up booths in the streets.”

Chow called the charge against him political revenge, adding three other key HKFS members have not received calls from the police about any legal action.

Separately, Wong wrote on Facebook that it’s a “joke that citizens have to face prosecution for entering an open public space”.

He said he hopes the democracy movement will find a new direction to stay alive as the first anniversary of the Sept. 28 protests draws closer.

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