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Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan acquitted of assaulting police, says case is proof of ‘indiscriminate arrests’

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Former leader of the now-banned Hong Kong National Party Andy Chan was acquitted on Saturday of two counts of assaulting of police officers. The pro-independence leader was also cleared of illegal assembly charges related to a protest in Sheung Shui last year.

A magistrate at the West Kowloon Magistrate Court handed down the judgement citing the prosecution’s inability to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Chan was the individual identified in images taken during the demonstration last July.

Founder of the banned pro-independence Hong Kong National Party Andy Chan speaks to the media outside West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court in Hong Kong on December 12, 2020. Photo: Daniel Suen/AFP.

“This case shows us there has been indiscriminate arrests and charges, and I am lucky to have been acquitted,” Chan told the press after leaving the court house. “But a lot of other people are already harassed by these indiscriminate arrests and charges, even if these prosecutions are unsuccessful in the end.”

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