47 pro-democracy figures involved in organizing or participating in the pro-democracy "35+" primary elections were charged with conspiracy to subvert state power. The case was tried at the West Kowloon Court (temporary High Court) at 10 am this morning (6th).
Before the trial, more than 200 people lined up inside and outside the court.
In addition, members of the Social Democracy League attended the demonstration.
It is reported that some people had lined up outside the court as early as 5:30 in the morning. "Ah Niu" Zeng Jiancheng, a member of the Social Democracy League, questioned that someone might have paid money to sit in line to observe the scene, making it impossible for other citizens to attend.
In addition, consuls from many countries also attended the court.
At 9:30 this morning, before the trial of the 47 cases, more than 200 people lined up inside and outside the West Kowloon Court, waiting to enter.
In addition, at least 15 police cars were parked on a section of Tongzhou Street outside the court, and a large number of police officers were also present.
Members of the League of Social Democracy attended the demonstration
Three members of the League of Social Democracy came to the scene and pulled up a banner to demonstrate. Member Chen Baoying expressed that she did not understand why the police pushed them to the demonstration area, describing that many rights have been compromised, like being in a "birdcage".
She pointed out that the purpose of today's demonstration is to express "innocence in the primary election and shameful political suppression" on the first day of the trial of the 47 people.
She went on to say that the primary election only strives for the most seats for people with the same ideas, and 600,000 citizens participated in the primary election. They believed that there was public support, and asked "what is the crime?"
She also expressed that she does not understand why choosing to join the parliament by peaceful means would be regarded as a violent means.
She mentioned that she did not understand why the defendants could be remanded for two years without bail. She believed that two years was a heavy physical and mental torture for them and demanded "the release of all political prisoners."
"A Niu" questioned that there was a queuing party preventing others from listening
When asked about many citizens queuing up to accompany the trial on the first day of the trial, Chen Baoying said that citizens should pay attention to whether there are strangely many vacancies in the auditorium in the court.
Another member of the League of Social Democracy "A Niu" Zeng Jiancheng also raised doubts, pointing out that some people might charge money to stand in line to observe the scene, making it impossible for other citizens to observe.
The reporter asked several citizens in line about their purpose of coming to observe today, but many citizens did not want to respond; some citizens told the reporter that they just came to the court with their friends and did not know what case they were here to observe.
Consulates from various countries are present
In addition, several foreign consulates were present, including consulates from France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, and Sweden; consulates from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Ireland will also attend the court hearing in the afternoon.
Many foreign consulates were present, including French, British, Italian, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian, Czech, German, Swedish and other consulates.
(Photo by Jiang Liying)
Lu An, Counselor/Deputy Office Director of the European Union Office in Hong Kong and Macau, said that the European Union is concerned about human rights and democracy around the world, and came here today because it knows that the National Security Law is a very unique law and hopes to come to understand the trial process.
47 pro-democracy activists involved in organizing or participating in the "35+" primary elections of the pro-democracy camp were charged with conspiracy to subvert state power. 16 of them, including He Guilan, Yu Huiming, and Zou Jiacheng, pleaded not guilty, and the remaining 31 pleaded guilty.
At present, 32 people in the case have been remanded, 13 people have been released on bail, including 10 people who pleaded not guilty: Zheng Dahong, Yang Xueying, Peng Zhuoqi, He Qiming, Liu Weicong, Huang Biyun, Shi Delai, Chen Zhiquan, Ke Yaolin, Li Yuxin; and 3 people who pleaded guilty: Lu Zhiheng , Huang Ziyue, Lin Jingnan.
Primary election case｜Au Nuoxuan, Zhao Jiaxian and other 4 people will be witnesses for the prosecution. In the afternoon, the prosecution will read the opening statement of the 47-person primary election case. Waiting for the guilty defendants to be sentenced after the trial. One judge withdraws from the 47-person primary election for health reasons｜Yuan Jiawei did not apply for a single judge's sentencing request to amend the case and was rejected. Defendant Wu Jianwei in the 90-day trial of 47 people in the pan-democracy primary election said he would plead guilty so far 30 people have pleaded guilty