A protester in Hong Kong was convicted of assault even though she emerged with a bloody nose. (Graphic image below)
They take their protesting seriously in Hong Kong. (Getty)
Protesters around the world really have to give it up for their counterparts in Hong Kong. They've been demonstrating there for years, despite limited success and endless persecution by the police and local government. This story is a perfect example of how ridiculously stacked the cards are against them. It would be funny if it wasn't so depressing. Well, maybe not "ha ha" funny, but more "what the effing eff?" funny.
30-year-old Ng Lai-ying, a shipping company employee, was participating in a protest against parallel trading on March 1 when the whole thing got out of hand. Police and protesters clashed, and in the chaos, one officer, Chief Inspector Chan, allegedly reached out to grab the strap of Ng's bag. Instead, he touched her left breast.
Ng immediately shouted out, "Indecent assault!" She was arrested and put on trial. Her defense claimed that Chan deliberately groped her, and that she had also been pushed to the ground (which is supported by photos of her with a bloody nose). The prosecution argued that these claims were all false. This past Friday, the verdict finally came in.
The magistrate found Ng guilty of assault, claiming she deliberately struck the officer's arm with her breast. He also accused her of fabricating the assault story, saying:
"You used your female identity to trump up the allegation that the officer had molested you. This is a malicious act."