Dramatic news footage of Diaoyu Island activists protesting inside the Japanese Consulate was played to a court yesterday. Video recordings showed more than 20 activists pushing into the reception area, placing a banner over the consulate's logo, sitting on the floor and chanting slogans during a 30-minute demonstration. The tapes were viewed in Western Court on the opening day of the trial of seven people charged in connection with the protest on October 9 last year. Legislators Albert Ho Chun-yan, 44, and Tsang Kin-shing, 40; district board members Lo Chiu-fai, 42, and Choy Chak-hung, 28; April 5 Action Group member Leung Kwok-hung, 40; decorator Lo Hom-chau, 47; and taxi driver Chan Yu-nam, 40, all denied unlawful assembly. Lo Chiu-fai, Choy, Leung and Chan each pleaded not guilty to three additional charges of assaulting three police officers. Senior assistant Crown prosecutor Andrew Bruce QC showed television footage of demonstrators pushing into the reception area after a member of staff opened the door to receive a petition. It was alleged Leung tore the petition after it was read. The trial continues on Monday before magistrate Michael Jenkins.