Activist to consider an appeal in protest case

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 July, 2011, 12:00am


An activist says she is considering an appeal after she and another protester were sentenced to community service for their actions during a protest outside the central government's liaison office on National Day last year.

Sentencing Lui Yuk-lin, 48, and Tsang Chun-ying, 22, at Eastern Court for criminal damage and assaulting a police officer respectively, Magistrate Adriana Tse said there had been no need for violence.

'You should consider what Hong Kong's one most successful gathering was like,' the magistrate said, without naming the gathering. 'A very peaceful demonstration can also be very successful.'

The court earlier heard that Lui had damaged a metal fence worth HK$430. Police constable Wong Chun-wa said during the trial that Tsang had shoved him in his chest, causing him pain. The pair had denied the charges.

Tsang was ordered to perform 160 hours of community service, Lui 120.

'This is a political prosecution, this is political suppression,' said Lui, who called her sentence 'unfair' and said she may appeal. Tsang declined to comment.

Lui and Tsang were joined by League of Social Democrats legislator 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung, Eastern District councillor Tsang Kin-shing and about a dozen activists as they chanted slogans outside the court after the hearing. Lui has been called the female 'Long Hair'.

The incidents occurred on October 1 last year, during a protest calling for the vindication of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protesters.

The League of Social Democrats said yesterday that police had prevented members from approaching the liaison office's entrance, saying the mock-up coffin they were carrying was too large.