- Title: Hong Kong activists appear in court on death anniversary of Liu Xiaobo
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF PRO-DEMOCRACY FIGURES ENTERING COURT BUILDING WHILE CHANTING SLOGAN PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST LEE CHEUK-YAN SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST, LEE CHEUK-YAN, SAYING: "We will observe a moment of silence for Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mr Liu Xiaobo who dedicated his life for the democratisation of China." PRO-DEMOCRACY FIGURES OBSERVING MOMENT OF SILENCE MEDIA TYCOON JIMMY LAI (BLUE MASK) OBSERVING MOMENT OF SILENCE LEE SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST, LEE CHEUK-YAN, SAYING: "We are supposedly on trial but we believe that it is the Hong Kong government and the police that should be put on trial and will be put on trial because of their suppression of our right to mourn June 4th, our right to assembly for the candlelight vigil, which has been on going for 30 years. And the 31st year, they banned our gathering." LEE SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST, LEE CHEUK-YAN, SAYING: "This is a complete denial of our rights under the constitution Basic Law and our right under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and they should be on trial." VARIOUS OF THIRTEEN ARRESTEES POSING FOR MEDIA LEE CHANTING (English): "MOURN JUNE 4TH, NO CRIME" MEDIA SURROUNDING ARRESTEES ENTERING COURT LAI ENTERING COURT SUPPORTERS WAITING OUTSIDE COURT OTHER PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS LED BY ALBERT HO CHUN-YAN ENTERING COURT PRO-DEMOCRACY FIGURES AND ACTIVIST LEUNG KWOK-HUNG CHANTING SLOGAN
- Embargoed: 27th July 2020 10:27
- Keywords: China Hong Kong Hong Kong protest June 4th incident Liu Xiaobo Tiananmen Square crackdown national security law
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003CMN59VR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, veteran pro-democracy activist Lee Cheuk Yan, Albert Ho Chun-yan and 10 others arrived at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts on Monday (July 13) for incitement charges from last year.
Lai, who faces separate unauthorised assembly charges, three organisers of the annual Tiananmen vigil and nine politicians and activists were charged with inciting people to take part in an illegal gathering on June 4, after police banned the event citing anti-coronavirus measures.
"We are supposedly on trial but we believe it is the Hong Kong government and the police that should be put on trial and will be put on trial because of their suppression of our right to mourn June 4th, our right to assembly for the candlelight vigil, which has been on going for 30 years," Lee said outside the court. A minute of silence was observed for the late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo who died of liver cancer three years ago today.
Police denied an application for the annual June 4 candlelight vigil on public health grounds, but activists, followed by thousands of others, entered the park in a peaceful protest.
The hearing will continue in September 15.
(Production: Yoyo Chow, Aleksander Solum, Pak YIu)
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