Twenty five Hong Kong activists were formally charged on Thursday, Aug. 06, for taking part in a banned candlelight vigil commemorating the anniversary of China’s 1989 Tiananmen massacre in June.
Hong Kong authorities charged the 25 protesters for flouting coronavirus restrictions against gatherings and “knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly”.
Those who were charged include prominent activist Joshua Wong, media tycoon Jimmy Lai and leaders of the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.
“Clearly, the regime plans to stage another crackdown on the city’s activists,” 23-year-old Joshua 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.
Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the alliance, was charged with organising the assembly on Jun 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 Tiananmen incident is allowed.
But city authorities banned the event in June for the first time in 30 years, citing measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
All 25 are expected to appear in court on Sept. 15. (Source: CNA)