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The court heard that Avery Ng had encouraged demonstrators to climb over barricades outside the liaison office. File photo: RTHK

Avery Ng found guilty over liaison office protest

League of Social Democrats’ chairman Avery Ng was on Wednesday found guilty of two charges of inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly over a violent protest outside Beijing’s liaison office in November 2016.

Police had said that two officers were injured during chaotic scenes as around 4,000 people swarmed the road outside the office in Western to protest over Beijing’s interpretation of the Basic Law on Legco oath-taking.

Hundreds of baton-wielding officers were deployed to deal with the unauthorised protest, and they eventually dispersed the demonstrators in the early hours, chasing some through the streets.

West Kowloon Magistracy heard that Ng had encouraged demonstrators on two occasions to climb over barricades outside the liaison office and to challenge the police cordon set up.

Magistrate Peony Wong said Ng must have known that police wouldn’t just allow this to happen and that some degree of violence would ensue.

She said Ng had ignored police warnings and disrupted the peace, leaving police officers and journalists covering the protest fearing for their safety.

Several other activists, including Demosisto’s Ivan Lam and the group’s former member Derek Lam, are also on trial with Ng and the hearing was continuing.

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