fredag 26. mai 2017

Hong Kong Moves Ahead With Trial of Nine Pro-Democracy Protesters

Nine prominent figures of Hong Kong's 2014 Occupy Central pro-democracy movement warned of possible violations of their civil rights as their trial date was set for June 15, more than two years after the event. The former protest leaders will face charges of incitement to public disorder, conspiracy to create a public nuisance, and other public order offenses. Amid shouts of "Citizens protest!" and "We are not afraid!", the three initiators of the 79-day civil disobedience movement—professors Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man, and reverend Chu Yiu-ming—said they are still deciding how to plead in a case which could have "constitutional implications."
"We are going to consider if we are going to plead guilty or not in the coming trial," Chan told journalists in Hong Kong on Thursday. "We need to consider ... whether the evidence provided by the authorities is factual, and secondly ... whether the charges are appropriate."

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