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 have lined up outside the court as early as 5:30 in the morning.
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."
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.
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