Avery Ng convicted over violence outside liaison office

Local | 15 May 2019 12:16 pm

The chairman of the League of Social Democrats, Avery Ng Man-yuen, has been found guilty today at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts of two counts of inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly outside the Beijing liaison office.

He was accused of inciting people to challenge a police cordon outside the liaison office during a protest in November 2016 against Beijing's interpretation of Article 104 on lawmakers' oath-taking.

West Kowloon Magistracy heard that Ng had encouraged demonstrators on two occasions to climb over barricades outside the liaison office and to challenge the police cordon set up, RTHK reports. 
Magistrate Peony Wong said Ng must have known that police would not just allow this to happen and that some degree of violence would ensue.
She said Ng had ignored police warnings and disrupted the peace, leaving police officers and journalists covering the protest fearing for their safety. 
Several other activists, including Demosisto's Ivan Lam and the group's former member Derek Lam, are also on trial with Ng and the hearing was continuing.




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