fredag 13. september 2019

Disappearing children of Hong Kong forgotten in the protest chaos

A 15-year-old boy went to an outdoor film screening and didn't come home. Police took him away for wearing a face mask his father had told him to wear, worried about the tear gas that billows through Hong Kong's streets. His frantic parents were forced to go to the High Court to get him back.

Two girls, aged 13 and 15, were arrested at the same place that night, August 29, but remain in a children's home, unable to attend the first week of school. Police obtained court orders removing all three teenagers from their parents' care. The incident, largely lost among the headlines about Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam's first offer of a concession to Hong Kong's protest movement on Wednesday, has alarmed youth workers in the city who describe the use of the children's court to punish protesters as grossly unwarranted.