Ten democrats and activists plead guilty over unauthorized assembly on October 1

Local | 17 May 2021 2:45 pm

Media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, and former lawmakers Lee Cheuk-yan, Albert Ho Chun-yan and Leung Kwok-hung, as well as six other activists pleaded guilty at District Court today, for organizing unauthorized assembly on October 1, 2019. 

Figo Chan Ho-wun, convener of Civil Human Rights Front, is on the list as well. 

The 10-day trial began today and the case is handled by judge Amanda Jane Woodcock. 

Lai, Lee, Ho, Leung and Chan, as well as five other activists -- Yeung Sum, Cyd Ho Sau-lan, Avery Ng Man-yuen, Sin Chung Kai and Richard Tsoi Yiu Cheong -- pleaded guilty to organizing an unauthorized assembly. 

On October 1, 2019, the democrats and activists led protesters to parade from Causeway Bay to Central without the police’s approval. 

Lee, Ho, Leung and Chan pleaded guilty to incitement to knowingly take part in an unauthorized assembly as well. 

Ng and Tsoi also pleaded guilty to knowingly take part in an unauthorized assembly. The cases of the other eight defendants facing this charge will be left on court files. 

Ho, outside the court, said that the police had banned all parades since August 2019, and citizens should have their rights to speak out. 

Ho added that the parade on that day was peaceful, rational and non-violent, and criticized government for attempting to put them in jail. 

Chan, after he pleaded guilty, believed he would be detained in custody. He encouraged Hongkongers to not surrender their democracy and freedom, as these are basic human rights.

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