Do not take teen protesters from their families
Two fourteen-year-olds, a girl and a boy, were arrested in Hong Kong in December for expressing solidarity with the Umbrella Movement, which demanded fair elections. "Chalk girl's" only "crime" was drawing chalk flowers on the Lennon Wall. Now, authorities wish to snatch both children from their families and take them into state care, which can be extremely traumatic. They have since been released home on bail, but this reprieve is temporary as they face a court appearance and a police who wish to put them in state custody. punishment is disproportionate to the actions of the children, who were only exercising their right to free expression. It is quite evident that the real motive of the authorities, shaken by the recent peaceful uprising led by the young, are making examples of these children to frighten others away from speaking up. This is a clear breach of justice and human rights and we must demand that the authorities of Hong Kong cancel the trials of these children and let them live in peace with their families, their rights protected.