Hong Kong college students charged with ‘advocating terrorism’ denied bail Reuters through

© Reuters. A police van carries a member of Hong Kong College Pupil Union to West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts constructing over nationwide safety regulation in Hong Kong, China August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

By Jessie Pang

HONG KONG (Reuters) – 4 Hong Kong scholar leaders charged with “advocating terrorism” after their union handed a movement final month mourning the dying of a 50-year-old who stabbed a policeman earlier than killing himself have been denied bail on Thursday.

The 4, aged 18-20 and all from the College of Hong Kong (HKU), are the most recent democracy activists to be denied bail below a sweeping nationwide safety regulation that Beijing imposed on the previous British colony final 12 months.

Some scholar supporters burst into tears as they left West Kowloon Courtroom the place Kinson Cheung King-sang, 19, Kwok Wing-ho, 20, Chris Shing-hang Todorovski, 18, and Yung Chung-hei, 19, have been denied bail.

Justice of the Peace Peter Legislation initially granted bail to Yung however the determination was instantly appealed by the prosecutors.

The case was adjourned to Sept. 14.

“I didn’t count on college college students to be charged with advocating terrorism. They only issued an announcement,” stated Jeff, 18, a scholar at HKU exterior the court docket.

An officer was stabbed from behind on July 1, whereas on responsibility with different policemen stopping demonstrations on the anniversary of town’s return to Chinese language rule in 1997.

The person then stabbed himself within the chest and died in hospital. The policeman, 28, suffered a punctured lung, however survived what Secretary for Safety Chris Tang described as a terrorist act by a “lone wolf”.

Shortly after the assault, just a few dozen members of the HKU scholar union handed a movement, since withdrawn, to commemorate the 50-year-old’s dying and recognize his “sacrifice”.

Leaders of the union later apologised, retracted the movement and resigned from their posts.

The union’s campus workplace has since been raided by nationwide safety police and the college has severed ties with the union and banned about 30 college students who signed the movement from getting into its premises.

Throughout anti-government protests that roiled town in 2019, authorities described scholar campuses, the place a few of the fiercest combating erupted, as being hotbeds of violence.