Hong Kong Teenager to Plead Guilty for Joining Pre-Democracy Protest in 2019
A Hong Kong teenager has been sentenced for joining a huge pro-democracy protests in 2019 and throwing hazardous items at cops.
On Wednesday (March 3, 2021), a 16-year-old boy became the youngest person to plead guilty after joining a riot and admitted of throwing a petrol explosive at the police officers in 2019. He was 14-year-old at that time.
The city’s correctional services advised the judge to send the teenager to a detention center for young law violators. The correctional services will decide the boy’s period of detention.
The teenage boy may face a minimum detention of one month and a maximum of half a year because of his actions. The young offender who has been arrested in November 2019 cannot be named for legal reason.
“The court must make a balance between society’s interests and helping young offenders,” District Judge Ernest Lin said.
The police authorities arrested more than 10,000 individuals for participating in the huge protest in 2019. About 40 percent of the accused were students who were calling for greater democracy.
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