A female protestor in Hong Kong has been found guilty of assaulting a police officer with that well-known weapon: her breast.
In court Lai-ying claimed that an officer had reached out to grab her bag, but had made contact with her breast instead, at which point she allegedly screamed out ‘indecent assault!.
But rather than agreeing that she was molested, deputy magistrate Michael Chan Pik-kiu chastised her for the claims.
Pik-ku said that she used her female identity to trump up the allegation that the officer had molested her.
“If I do not hand down a deterring sentence, the public might mistakenly think it is a trivial matter to assault police officers during protests,” magistrate Michael Chan said.
He added that the police officer’s reputation had suffered as a result of the accusations.
Ng’s boyfriend Kwong Chun-lunwas also found guilty of one count of obstructing police officers who were exercising their duties. Both Ng and Kwong were remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 29 July.
Videos from local media show Ng being arrested by police at the scene, and with blood running down her face after she fell down to the ground. Her nose was fractured, her lawyers said.
Also Hong Kong residents have responded with demonstrations and by sharing mostly demure, fully-clothed photos of their own “weapons” online:
The hashtag, #反對女性胸部被視為攻擊性武器, or can be translated as “In opposition to the female breast being considered an offensive weapon” is used in every post.