去年6月21日大批示威者包圍警察總部，已解散的香港眾志前秘書長黃之鋒、成員周庭及主席林朗彥被控煽惑、組織及參與未經批准集結等三罪。三人早前承認控罪，即時還押 9 日。
On June 21 last year, a large number of demonstrators surrounded the police headquarters. Joshua Wong, former secretary general of the disbanded Hong Kong Demosisto, member Agnes Chow and chairman Ivan Lam were charged with inciting, organising and participating in unauthorised assembly. The trio pleaded guilty earlier and were immediately remanded for 9 days.
Magistrate Lily Wong said the trio had been “premediated” in inciting others to take part in, or continue to take part in, the assembly. She said their inciting acts posed a threat to personal safety to people at the scene and caused serious disruption to traffic: “They committed the offence in a joint enterprise of which they were active participants.” The slogans used by the protesters were undoubtedly aimed at attacking and challenging the authority of the police. Wong was sentenced to 13.5 months in prison whilst Chow received 10 months, and Lam was handed seven months behind bars and no suspended sentence was allowed. Agnes Chow cried upon hearing the conviction. Chow pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison for the first time, yet her application for bail pending appeal was rejected.
Eric Cheung, principal lecturer of the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong, believes that the charges and punishments do not commensurate with the case. The inability of the prosecution to link many violent acts to the trio involved an unauthorised assembly, which was conducted peacefully, violated legal principles. Regarding Chow’s appeal, Cheung pointed out that if a judge of the High Court finds that there is a problem in principle of law, he will approve bail pending appeal.
Chris Patten, ex-governor of Hong Kong, stated that the imprisonment today of Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow – all of them campaigners for the rule of law and democracy in Hong Kong – is another grim example of “China’s determination to put Hong Kong in handcuffs.” He called on the international community to stand with the people of Hong Kong.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab responded after the trial: “I urge the Hong Kong and Beijing authorities to bring an end to their campaign to stifle opposition. Prosecution decisions must be fair and impartial, and the rights and freedoms of people in Hong Kong must be upheld.”
Nabila Massrali, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy of the European Union said, “Sentencing today of Joshua Wong… is another sign of shrinking space for pro-democracy voices in Hong Kong. Exercise of fundamental freedoms, including peaceful assembly, must be ensured.”
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, described the sentencing as “appalling”. “This injustice is clear proof that Beijing will stop at nothing to stamp out dissent and to destroy the freedoms and real autonomy guaranteed to the people of Hong Kong.”