International Asia Hong Kong activists charged for taking part in Tiananmen vigil

Hong Kong activists charged for taking part in Tiananmen vigil

They included prominent activist Joshua Wong, media tycoon Jimmy Lai and leaders of the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, and were formally charged with "knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly". 

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Twenty-five Hong Kong democracy activists were charged Thursday with taking part in a banned June candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of China’s 1989 Tiananmen crackdown.

They included prominent activist Joshua Wong, media tycoon Jimmy Lai and leaders of the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, and were formally charged with “knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly”.

Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the alliance, was charged with organising the assembly on June 4 at the city’s Victoria Park.

The annual candlelight vigil in Hong Kong usually attracts huge crowds and is the only place on Chinese soil where such a major commemoration of the crackdown is allowed.

- Advertisement -

But city authorities banned the event in June for the first time in 30 years, citing measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

“Clearly, the regime plans to stage another crackdown on the city’s activists,” 23-year-old Wong said on Facebook.

“As our voices might not be heard soon, we hope the world can continue speaking up for the city’s liberty and human rights,” he added.

All 25 are expected to appear in court on September 15.

yz/fox

© Agence France-Presse

/AFP

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

First two out of group of ang mohs and foreigners fined over yacht party near Lazarus Island

A group of men and women were seen flouting safe-distancing measures while on a yacht at Lazarus Island on Dec 26 last year. The first two members of the group to face the court — Singapore permanent resident Mark Lau San...

Minor injuries for driver after SUV flips over on SLE

Singapore—A white sport utility vehicle (SUV) turned turtle on the Seletar Expressway (SLE) before the Woodlands Avenue 12 exit on Monday morning (March 1). One man sustained minor injuries in the incident. However, he refused an offer from the Singapore Civil Defence Force...

Monitor lizard eats python whole in Ulu Pandan canal, throws up and burps

Singapore – A monitor lizard was spotted eating a large python in Ulu Pandan canal. Passers-by watched, snapped pictures and pressed the video button, but guess who threw up his lunch? The lizard. The python proved too much to swallow. "Python hunted...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent