Protests erupted in June 2019 over a since-axed extradition bill. They escalated into sometimes violent displays of dissent against police behaviour, amid calls for democracy and anger over Beijing’s encroachment. Demonstrators demanded an independent probe into the police conduct, amnesty for those arrested and a halt to the characterisation of protests as “riots.”
The judiciary’s annual report said defendants in District Court waited almost a year to have their cases dealt with.
District Judge Stanley Chan said three were all young with good characters and no criminal records. “I think the trio became victims of a storm after being manipulated by others.”
Bao Choy was earlier found guilty of making false statements to access vehicle records while making an RTHK documentary about a July 2019 attack at Yuen Long MTR station.