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Bail denied in 'seditious' five demands slogan case

2020-09-08 HKT 19:59
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  • Tam Tak-chi had given numerous street talks over the summer, as seen in this social media photo. Prosecutors say he had uttered 'seditious' slogans such as 'Five demands, not one less.'
    Tam Tak-chi had given numerous street talks over the summer, as seen in this social media photo. Prosecutors say he had uttered 'seditious' slogans such as 'Five demands, not one less.'
Prosecutors revealed on Tuesday that the allegedly seditious phrases People Power vice-chairman Tam Tak-chi is being indicted on include popular protest slogans including “Liberate Hong Kong” and "five demands, not one less”, as Fanling Court denied bail to the activist.

Tam is accused of using these phrases during speeches he delivered at street booths in Ngau Tau Kok, Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong and Lam Tin between March and July.

The prosecution said the ‘seditious phrases’ were intended to bring hatred or contempt against the government, and raise discontent or disaffection among Hongkongers.

Citing videos posted on Tam's social media account, prosecutors said the defendant had chanted slogans such as "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times"; "five demands, not one less", as well as anti-police slogans, such as "dirty cops, hope all your family members die" and "July 21st nowhere to be seen, August 31st beat people to death".

Besides five counts of uttering seditious words, an additional charge of disorderly conduct was laid against Tam.

The prosecution requested the court to combine all those charges with a protest-related case Mr Tam is also facing - but that was rejected by the magistrate.

Both cases have been adjourned to November 17.