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    21 Dec 2010 列印 E-mail

    Category

       Freedom of expression

    Issue

    • Central Government’s Liaison Office: public or private place

    News Content

    • Six activists were acquitted of unlawful assembly inside the compound of the central government’s liaison during a protest for the release of Liu Xiaobo on Christmas Day last year.
    • Magistrate Anthony Yuen Wai-ming said if the compound were private property, the defendants would not have a right to enter without permission; but if it were a public place, they were entitled to exercise the right of assembly.
    • The Magistrate said the prosecution did not provide evidence that Mr. Liang Xiong, head of the liaison’s office’s administration and finance department, was authorized by the liaison office. The question of whether the office was a public or private place was still open.

    Questions

    • It is absurd to say the compound is a private place as the office is a state office. The office should respect Hong Kong people’s freedom of expression.