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Community service for ex-Hong Kong lawmaker convicted of assault after using loudhailer near cop

Pro-democracy lawmaker Au Nok-hin has been sentenced to 140 hours of community service after being convicted of assault for using a loudspeaker near a police officer during a protest last July.

File photo: Holmes Chan/HKFP.

Superintendent Ko Chun-pong said in his testimony that Au repeatedly yelled at him through the microphone during a protest clash last July 8 and submitted a medical report to court stating that he suffered from acute hearing loss. Au also hit another officer’s shield with a microphone.

The democrat was convicted of assault on April 6. Prior to the sentencing, Au told the press the the law could not be grasped with common sense: “What options are left for Hong Kong people to achieve real rule of law? The judgement today is just the first one, there will be a second and third, or maybe another arrests to come… On a personal level the paranoia is beyond my tolerance.”

Rachel Wong previously worked as a documentary producer and academic researcher. She has a BA in Comparative Literature and European Studies from the University of Hong Kong. She has contributed to A City Made by People and The Funambulist, and has an interest in cultural journalism and gender issues.

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