Civic Party activist Ken Tsang, who was accused of assaulting and obstructing police officers last October during the pro-democracy Occupy protests, has been granted bail of HK$300, with the case adjourned till December 9.

Tsang, who was represented by Michael Vidler and James McGowan, said that he understood the charges. He faced one count of assault and four counts of obstructing a public officer in execution of duty. The prosecution will be calling 26 witnesses, all of which are police officers, the court heard. Tsang did not need to submit a reply at this stage, Stand News reported.

Ken Tsang. Photo: Stand News.

Tsang arrived at Eastern Magistrates’ Court just as the seven police officers who were accused of beating him up were leaving, after having appeared in court earlier. Supporters held yellow umbrellas and cheered. Tsang waved and shook hands with the crowd, then headed into the building, RTHK reported.

Ken Tsang and his supporters. Photo:
政總留守抗爭日記 via Facebook.

In October 15 2014, Tsang allegedly assaulted 11 police officers by pouring water onto them from the embankment of the underpass at Lung Wo Road. He was said to have then resisted arrest by four officers.

The incident happened on the same day Tsang was filmed being kicked and punched in a “dark corner” in Tamar, Admiralty. Earlier on Monday, seven policemen accused of beating Tsang were granted bail of HK$1,000 each, with their hearing adjourned until November 17.

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Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.