Hong Kong protester jailed for 21 months for throwing eggs
Published: 03:45 PM, 27 November 2020
Protester Pun Ho-chiu throws an egg at the police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 21, 2019; Photo: CNN
A court in Hong Kong on Friday has sentenced 21 months jail to a protester for throwing eggs at a police station.
The convicted was identified as 31-years-old Pun Ho-chiu. Earlier, the Hong Kong court found him guilty in nine charges, including taking part in an illegal assembly, criminal damage and assaulting a police officer.
While declaring the verdict, Magistrate Winnie Lau remarked “an egg is not a weapon of mass destruction”, however, throwing such items at a police station provoked “discontent” with the force, undermined officers' law enforcement actions, and endangered society, according to public broadcaster RTHK.
Lau said Pun Ho-chiu, who is also a painter, played a leading role during the protest on 21 June last year, so his actions were both “a nuisance and a threat to the public.”
The magistrate said the fact that Pun repeatedly used verbal insults at officers increased the gravity of his offense, as what he did could have encouraged other protesters to follow suit.
Pun is best known for his drawing on the streets during the Occupy movement in 2014 and he often appeared half-naked at various protests.
Hong Kong has long prized its independent judiciary and rule of law, characteristics which set the city apart from mainland China, where courts are subject to the whims of the ruling Communist Party, and some 99% of cases end in a guilty verdict. This independence has become all the more important as political dissent has been increasingly curtailed by the new security law.
Source: CNN, RTHK