ADVERTISING
 
Wednesday, August 21   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Umbrella Movement
 

Pastor convicted of public nuisance in 2014 Hong Kong protests

Baptist minister Rev Chu Yiu-ming, along with the other two founders of the pro-democracy ‘Occupy Central’ movement could be jailed for up to seven years. 200 supporters gathered to pray and sing songs.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus HONG KONG 10 APRIL 2019 11:30 h GMT+1
Hong Kong students during a peaceful Umbrella Movement protest in 2014. / Wikipedia, CC

Nine activists of the pro-democracy ‘Occupy Central’ movement have been found guilty by a Hong Kong court on Tuesday of public nuisance charges, for their roles in the 2014 protests calling for free elections.



Defendants include Baptist minister of Chai Wan Baptist Church, Rev Chu Yiu-ming, 75; sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 60, and law professor Benny Tai, 54.



Tai and Chan were also accused of playing a leading role in planning and mobilising supporters during the 79-day street occupations in 2014, and inciting to commit public nuisance.



 



JAILED UP TO SEVEN YEARS



It is not yet clear when they will be sentenced, but they could be jailed for up to seven years.



In a summary of his judgement, Justice Johnny Chan noted that while the concept of civil disobedience is “recognised in Hong Kong, it wasn't a defence to a criminal charge”.



“The offence of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance does not have the undesirable effect of curtailing or suppressing civil disobedience at its formation stage or suppressing human rights as the defendants contended”, the summary read.



We will still continue our struggle for democracy. The reason that we committed civil disobedience is because we want justice for Hong Kong people”, Tai told Reuters before the verdict.



 



PRAY SERVICE



Supporters holding yellow umbrellas, a symbol of the demonstrations, crowded outside the courthouse. Tai told supporters: “No matter what happens today, I have the confidence that many people here will strive for Hong Kong’s democracy”.



 



Pastor Chu Yiu-ming. / Wikipedia, CC

Additionally, on Saturday, more than 200 supporters gathered for aworship service before the verdict where the crowd prayed and sang songs.



The venue was Kowloon Union church, where Tai, Chan and Chu first announced their ‘Occupy Central’ manifesto six years ago.



 



“WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS”



“What we are facing is the most powerful autocracy in human history and we have to take back our democratic rights from its hand”, a tearful Tai told his supporters.



Lord Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, released a statement saying that it was “appallingly divisive to use anachronistic common law charges in a vengeful pursuit of political events which took place in 2014”.



 



“UMBRELLA MOVEMENT”



The protests began in 2014, when China decided that it would allow Hong Kong direct elections in 2017, but only from a list of candidates pre-approved by Beijing.



The three activists founded the pro-democracy ‘Occupy Central’ movement in 2013, and joined with student-led movement to participate in massive demonstrations.



The protests became known as the “Umbrella Movement”, because people used umbrellas to shield themselves from pepper spray fired by police to disperse the crowd.



 



MANY CHRISTIANS SUPPORTED THE PROTESTS



“Many Christians supported the demonstrators”, a Christian teacher told Spanish news website Protestante Digital, during the protests.



Although he was sure that the Chinese government was not going to give in, he called Christians to pray “for peace after the conflict. Whatever it happens in the coming days, it will determine the atmosphere of this city for the coming years”, he then said.



The demonstrators were finally cleared away by police, having won no democratic concessions from the government.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Pastor convicted of public nuisance in 2014 Hong Kong protests
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process

The Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance offers a Christian perspective on the crisis: “We can’t reduce people to just a number that needs to be controlled”.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Chinese Homecoming Gathering: Thousands say 'we’re one' Chinese Homecoming Gathering: Thousands say 'we’re one'

Christians from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and North America, from different ethnic backgronds, came together to pray for unity as the body of Christ.

 
How have global missions changed over the last century? How have global missions changed over the last century?

The centre of gravity of Christianity has shifted from Europe to Africa, says Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, Director of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation initiative.

 
Christian organisations call to pray for new British Prime Minister Christian organisations call to pray for new British Prime Minister

Representatives of the National Day of Prayer, the Evangelical Alliance and CARE express the need for churches to pray for the new leadership of a country divided by Brexit and other issues.

 
Practical ways to direct our hearts toward spiritual growth Practical ways to direct our hearts toward spiritual growth

“It is not our initiative, it is not working for ourselves, it is gazing to Jesus and responding to Him. It is the language of inclining the heart that we see in Psalms”, said  Peter Mead, Director of Cor Deo.

 
Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa

A short video summary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) World Assembly, July 3-10.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.