At least two student activists who helped in leading the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong last year were charged with illegal assembly for storming the central government headquarters.
Joshua Wong, the leader of the student group Scholarism, was formally charged along with Alex Chow, then-leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), Reuters reports.
HKFS sitting security Nathan Law will also likely be indicted for inciting others to participate in an illegal assembly, while Scholarism member Derek Lam will be charged with common assault, ejinsight said, citing Apple Daily reports.
The charges go back to an occasion (and there were a couple occasions) on September 26, when students climbed over fences and occupied the area surrounding the downtown government offices to protest Beijing’s decision denying voters the right to nominate candidates in the 2017 chief executive election.
Wong on Facebook called the charges a “joke” because the area was an open public space, while Chow said the whole thing was ‘political revenge’.