Date
27 March 2017
Pro- and anti-establishment groups hold counter rallies Sunday as some police officers were set to go on trial for alleged beating up of a democracy activist last year. Photos: RTHK
Pro- and anti-establishment groups hold counter rallies Sunday as some police officers were set to go on trial for alleged beating up of a democracy activist last year. Photos: RTHK

Groups hold rallies as cops and Ken Tsang set to appear in court

A pro-establishment group has called on citizens to stand in support of the police officers who will appear in court Monday to face charges of beating up a democracy activist last year.

The seven police officers who have been charged in the case related to Civic Party member Ken Tsang had been just doing their duty and maintaining the rule of law, the Justice Alliance said. 

On Sunday, members of the alliance gathered near Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui for the one-year anniversary of its “blue ribbon” anti-Occupy Central campaign.

Addressing the gathering, alliance founder and leader Leticia Lee said the group will show up outside the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts on Monday to express support for the police officers who will go on trial.

Urging citizens to join in, Lee said the police officers are being made to suffer just for performing their duty.

Meanwhile, the alliance also announced that it will launch an “Umbrella Breaking Movement” to help bring to book the people behind the street occupation and other civic disturbances last year.

In other comments, Lee called on the public not to vote for pan-democratic candidates in the district council elections next month.

Lee also said that she is looking at joining the Legislative Council election next year.

While the Justice Alliance held a rally in support of the police officers, supporters of Tsang held a parallel march on Sunday.

Demonstrators, including members of the pro-democracy Mong Kok Shopping Revolution, marched from Southern Playground in Wan Chai to the police headquarters in Admiralty, protesting against the government’s decision to file charges against Tsang along with the police officers who beat up the activist.

Tsang was charged last week with inflicting harm on police officers during the Occupy movement. He is also due to appear in court on Monday.

Holding aloft yellow umbrellas, the protesters chanted that it is not fair to prosecute Tsang. The victim has ended up being a defendant, said the demonstrators, some of whom threw eggs at the police standing along the route.

A spokesman for the group said the charge against Tsang was aimed at shifting the public’s focus from the seven officers who are in the dock over police brutality.

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