Chinese-Australian cartoonist Badiucao has depicted the 15 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures arrested in connection with last year’s protests. Among those arrested were a lawmaker, several ex-lawmakers, veteran democrats, activists and lawyers. HKFP profiles the 15, as they face charges for allegedly organising and participating in unlawful assemblies.
Founding chairperson of the Democratic Party and barrister Martin Lee, 81, served on the 59-member Basic Law Drafting Committee before quitting in protest following the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.
After being released on bail, Lee told reporters he had no regrets: “After months of witnessing youths being arrested and prosecuted while I stayed out of it, I actually felt guilty… I feel proud to walk the road of democracy with these outstanding youths in Hong Kong.”
Activist Figo Chan, 24, is the vice-convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, a coalition of pro-democracy groups that organised huge protest marches last year over the now-withdrawn extradition bill.
Activist Avery Ng, 43, is the former chairperson of the League of Social Democrats.
Cyd Ho, 65, is a former legislator and founding member of the Labour Party.
Margaret Ng, 72, is a barrister and former legislator. Ng, who was arrested for the first time on Saturday, was seen carrying the book China’s National Security: Endangering Hong Kong’s Rule of Law? by Cora Chan and Fiona de Londras as she entered the police station.
Richard Tsoi, 52, is the former vice-chairperson of the Democratic Party. He stepped down from his duties in March following backlash over his criticism of restaurants barring Mandarin-speaking customers amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Sin Chung-kai, 59, is a former legislator and chair of Kwai Tsing District Council.
Au Nok-hin, 32, is a former legislator. He was ousted from his seat last December after a top court rejected his application to appeal a separate court ruling that rendered him unduly elected.
Yeung Sum, 72, is a former legislator and former second chairperson of the Democratic Party. He was also arrested in February over his involvement in protests last year.
Raphael Wong, 31, is the chairperson of the League of Social Democrats. He was released from prison last October after serving eight months over his involved in the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement.
Lee Cheuk-yan, 63, is a former legislator and labour leader who was also arrested in February over his involvement in an anti-extradition law protest last August.
Solicitor Albert Ho, 68, is the chairperson of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China which organises the annual Tiananmen Massacre memorials.
Leung Yiu-chung, 66, is a long-standing pro-democracy legislator since 1995.
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 71, is the founder of Next Digital which publishes Apple Daily, a pro-democracy tabloid. Lai was arrested in February over his involvement in protests last year, as well as for intimidating a reporter.
Veteran activist “Long hair” Leung Kwok Hung, 64, is a former legislator and co-founder of the League of Social Democrats.