Scholarism member Li Chung-chak and former convenor Lam Long-yin have been sentenced to 80 hours of community service after having earlier been found guilty on three counts of unlawful assembly.

According to the charges, the pair charged police cordon lines in November 2013 when Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was attending a district consultation forum at Sha Tin Government Secondary School. They also climbed over and carried away barricades. They had both pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful assembly at the Shatin Magistrates’ Court.

Lam Long-yin.

The defence said that the community service report had come back positive and stated that the two were passionate about social affairs, although in the future they should use moderate and legal means to express their demands.

Considering that the defendants were young and showed remorse for their actions,  Magistrate Ivy Chui Yee-mei sentenced them to community service. However, since the probation officer had been unable to contact Lam for a period of time prior to the sentencing, the magistrate specifically told Lam not to be sloppy with obeying court orders, and that if his performance was not satisfactory the court would reconsider imprisonment. Lam explained that his phone had been broken.

Outside the court, Lam said that the ruling was reasonable and that they currently have no plans to appeal, RTHK reported. He also said that the two of them would still be attending gatherings, but might stay away from situations where there could be clashes with the police: “Both of us are under quite a bit of pressure… we’ll take a break for now.”

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.