[5/6]Demands from Hong Kong People
4️⃣ Free and drop charges against the protestors on 12 June
Arrested near the Leglastive Council Complex on 12 June, the eight protesters were unconditionally released on 18 June. It is said that they were not charged due to a lack of evidence. However, Legislative Councillor Tanya Chan warned that there is a chance of being charged after a “unconditional release” on her Facebook Page, from her personal experience. [Timeline as described on Tanya Chan’s Facebook post, translated from Chinese]
December 2014: Chan was arrested as the police was clearing the mass during Umbrella Movement.
January 2015: She was arrested after Police’s invitation to assist the investigation and unconditionally released after 7 hours.
March 2015: She was arrested and filed charges officially. However, the crime was completely irrelevant to what was suggested during the two previous arrests.
June 2019: She was sentenced 8 months of imprisonment with a suspension of 2 years.
The prosecution of the civil unrest in Mongkok in 2016, as known as "Fishball Revolution” is still in progress. In January 2019, three men were arrested and accused of arson, criminal damage and rioting. There is no guarantee after an unconditional release, as there is no retrospective period of law for criminal offense in Hong Kong. They can be arrested in anytime given that there is enough evidence from the Police.
Under Hong kong’s law, any person who loiters in a public place – or in the common parts of any building – with intent to commit an arrestable offence, is liable to a fine of HK$10,000 and to imprisonment for six months. -
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