Activist may be first to cast CE vote from jail

Top News | Amy Nip 21 Mar 2017

The Occupy protester who was beaten by seven now-imprisoned police officers during the campaign in 2014 and was himself convicted of assault has decided to drop an appeal and go to jail.

Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, a social worker, will go through legal procedures at the High Court today and is then expected to be imprisoned immediately.

If that happens Tsang, an Election Committee member, may become the first to cast his vote for the chief executive election from prison on Sunday.

"For the convictions of assault and resisting arrest, I decided to give up the appeal after thinking it through," he wrote on his Facebook page. "I will 'pay my dues' immediately."

Tsang, then 40, was convicted last May of one count of assaulting a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest by a Kowloon City court for splashing liquid on police officers during the Occupy movement. He was granted bail for his appeal.

Now he is expected to stay behind bars for 31 days.

Tsang splashed liquid on 11 policemen from above the officers on Lung Wo Road in Admiralty. He was then carried to a dark corner of Tamar Park, where he was kicked and punched by the seven police officers.

The seven were convicted of assault and last month sent to prison for two years. That sparked controversy and a gathering of 38,000 police officers and families in support of the seven, who are appealing.

Tsang also wrote: "From the first day I joined social movements I was prepared to pay the price for resistance. I understand that what I did was not allowed by law, and I have to take responsibility for my action."

He said the liquid he splashed was water - not urine or acid - that was used to wash off pepper spray police used on protesters.

He also asked for "understanding and support" as he gave up the appeal "not because of cowardice or that I am giving up resistance. It has been a difficult ride over the past two years We already made our biggest effort and got the biggest result.

"I believe in resistance. Democracy and freedom are not granted by others but [are] to be secured by our own participation and resistance."

Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said Tsang must retract his appeal application. Correctional Services officers will then take him to Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre and from there he will be moved to a prison.

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