Translator: EA; Reviewer: Wencheng
Netizens launched a “workers’ strike, students’ strike, shopkeeper’s strike ” multi-zone road blockade movement in early December last year. A PolyU male student was intercepted by the police in Mong Kok and found a pocket knife, a card knife, and a pen-shaped glass blaster. He was interrogated earlier and convicted of possession of offensive weapons in public places and possession of tools suitable for illegal purposes. He was sentenced to 9 months in prison in Eastern Magistracy on the 14th.
How is “offensive weapon” defined in Hong Kong law and what is “tool suitable for illegal use”? The “black police” of the Hong Kong government suppressed peaceful demonstrations, as we all know, the national security and draconian laws are harsh, and the judge’s decision obviously is to punish someone without excuse. I believe this is just a microcosm of the Hong Kong government’s suppression of demonstrators and more unfair judgments by the courts.
Defendant Chen Jingfeng (19 years old, also reported as a part-time transport worker), was charged with two counts of possession of offensive weapons and possession of tools suitable for illegal purposes. The charges accused him of carrying a folding knife, a card knife and a pen-shaped glass blaster outside the Cape of Good Hope Building on Nathan Road on December 9 last year.