Protest and punishment: How thousands of demonstrators are set to face Hong Kong’s court system

With the onset of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, fewer people are taking to the streets in Hong Kong – but for prosecuted protesters, the work is just getting started. By the end of January 2020, over 7,000 people had been arrested in connection with the protests, about 1,000 charged, and 20 sentenced. Common charges are criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon, assaulting the police, obstructing the police, participating in an unlawful assembly, and participating in a riot.

Uitzonderlijke taferelen in Hongkongse rechtbank: gearresteerde activisten massaal voor de rechter

"Of all the defendants who appeared on Wednesday, the majority will probably go free," says Vickie Lui, one of Hong Kong's lawyers who provide free assistance to arrested protesters. Lui, who works for the Progressive Lawyers Group, has joined a central office from which the legal assistance for detainees is directed. During the protests you see many young people with the telephone number of that hotline on their arm.

Hong Kong Protests: Teens arrested and senior citizen pepper sprayed by police

Hong Kong Police arrested two teens for protesting and pepper-sprayed a 73-year-old "Protect the Children" group member.

Know your rights at Hong Kong protests: FAQ with the Progressive Lawyers Group

In the event of a police search or arrest, knowing your rights and doing the smart thing can be the difference between walking free and getting into serious legal trouble.

上巴士趕記者 警 : 罪案現場不宜採訪

示威者前晚在多區「快閃」,警察在九龍灣截查一輛巴士,並以非法集結及藏有攻擊性武品拘捕33人。警察在巴士上要求記者離開並退至10米外。警方昨解釋,巴士為罪案現場,記者有可能干預證物故不適合採訪。記協認為警方做法損害公眾知情權。有法律界憂示威現場亦被界定為罪案現場,罪案現場是否一定不可有記者採訪值得斟酌。

Hong Kong withdraws extradition bill

Unrelenting months-long protests finally pushed Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday to withdraw a proposed amendment which would have legalized extradition of suspects to mainland China.

Hong Kong police arrest young leaders, activists warn ‘will ignite further anger’

Police in Hong Kong have arrested at least three young leaders, including one of the city’s most prominent democratic activists, a day before a weekend of new protests are expected to begin.

Hong Kong’s leaderless protest movement put to the test with arrest of prominent activists

The protests that have convulsed this city for nearly three months have lacked any clear leadership in a bid to sustain momentum should any of their organizers be threatened with jail.

Water Cannons and a Gun Shot: Hong Kong Protest Violence Intensifies

Hong Kong police deployed water cannons for the first time Sunday in a show of force as pro-democracy protests turned violent following nearly two weeks of relative calm.

Police defend student leader’s arrest over laser pointers

The police force insists that the arrest of a university student leader for possession of offensive weapons after he was found carrying laser pointers was justified, but some legal professionals think otherwise.