The Eve of the Trial
After the Umbrella Movement at 2014, the three co-founders Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, and the other six defendants include lawmakers Tanya Chan and Shiu Ka-chun, the Democratic Party’s Lee Wing-tat, the League of Social Democrats’ Raphael Wong, and former student leaders Tommy Cheung and Eason Chung.
The defendants are facing charges of inciting others to create a public nuisance, and inciting others to incite more people to create a public nuisance. And the three co-founders face an additional charge of conspiring to create a public nuisance.The trial will begin on November 19. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.
Raphael Wong Ho Ming and Tommy Cheung Sau Yin well prepared before the trial.
Tommy is the youngest among the defendants. He is 24 .He join the social movement when he was in secondary school. He is the former spokesman of Scholarism, president of the Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the standing committee of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS). He had launched campaigns against the proposed Moral and National Education. After the Umbrella Movement, he felt tired. He was no longer active in the social campaigns and turns his focus on making money.
Raphael had been released from prison this April after a four-and-a-half month jail sentence in January for contempt after failing to comply with an injunction to clear the 2014 Umbrella Movement protest site in Mong Kok.
Last year, he was sentenced to 13 months in jail for his involvement in the Northeast New Territories development plan demonstrations outside the legislature. He and the other twelve won the appeal on sentence before the Court of Final Appeal this September. He is an optimistic person. He believes social movement can change the society. His family are touched by his enthusiasm and turn to support him wholeheartedly.