Thirteen political activists appeared in Hong Kong court on Wednesday on charges of inciting people to participate in a vigil on June 4 marking the anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests.
Footage shows the activists arriving at West Kowloon Law Courts in Hong Kong's Sham Shui Po area and a small group of Pro-Beijing protesters with banners outside the courthouse.
«We believe that this is a political prosecution just like many during the protest movement,» said Lee Cheuk-yan, one of the vigil organisers and Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Labour Party.
He continued: «We hope that our case can affirm that Hong Kong people still enjoy our constitutional rights of freedom of assembly and the rights under the civil and political international covenant.»
On June 4, thousands of people gathered to take part in a vigil to mark the 31st anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, despite a police ban that cited coronavirus measures.
The Tiananmen Square student-led demonstrations occurred in 1989 in Beijing and were suppressed on June 4 when the Chinese government used military force, killing and injuring hundreds of unarmed protesters.