Hong Kong Politics & Protest

Student activists charged a year after protesting at gov’t headquarters

Two members from the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism have been notified by the police that they will be charged, after they were said to have stormed the government headquarters during a protest in September last year.

Nathan Law Kwun-chung, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, will be charged with inciting unauthorised assemblies, while Derek Lam Shun-hin of Scholarism will be charged with common assault.

The protest the two were said to have been involved with took place at Civic Square, located at the entrance to the Central Government Offices in Admiralty, on September 26, 2014.

Nathan Law (left) and Derek Lam (right) were charged for storming government square.

Nathan Law (left) and Derek Lam (right) were charged for storming government square. Photo: WIkimedia Commons via Weather Synchronize.

The two were notified by the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau of the charges.

Student leader Law said on his Facebook page: “It seems that, in the eyes of the Hong Kong government, the organisers of social movements are either serious criminals or triads.”

Scholarism member Lam posted on Facebook: “Freedom is my belief and my comrades’ belief. It cannot be oppressed but [instead] spread endlessly. One day we will topple the tyranny and save our home.”

The protest on September 26 last year sparked the pro-democracy Occupy movement after police arrested and detained participating students.

Both Law and Lam were arrested last year and refused to extend bail. They were released unconditionally, although police said they could still be prosecuted.

Nathan Law was also charged with obstructing police after he burnt copies of the State Council white paper during a protest outside the China Liaison Office in June 2014.

Student activists charged a year after protesting at gov't headquarters