World News #4 – Chalk Girl (Hong Kong)
“A 14-year-old girl in Hong Kong could be removed from her father’s care after she was arrested for drawing chalk flowers on a wall at one of the city’s pro-democracy protest sites.
The girl was arrested in the early hours of December 23 at a staircase leading to the Central Government Offices in the city’s Admiralty district and was detained by police for 17 hours, said Patricia Ho, the lawyer acting for the teen.
A judge ruled in a youth court on Monday that the girl should be sent to a children’s home for 20 days until January 19. On Wednesday, local media reported the girl was released from the children’s home on bail.
The wall, known as the “Lennon Wall,” was once covered with colorful Post-it notes and messages of support for the recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. When the protests were cleared, the notes were removed as well.
Protestors started placing notes on the wall as a show of defiance after police used tear gas on demonstrators at the start of the protest, which lead to a two-month occupation of the main road outside the Central Government Office.
The wall was named after the late Beatles star John Lennon and contained messages of support for the protests and references to his song “Imagine.””
– CNN, Teen arrested for drawing with chalk on wall at Hong Kong protest site.
Image of Chalk Girl’s Artwork – Twitter @Amberbrella, “Chalk-girl”drew this,detained 17hrs in police station&sent to Children’s Home to wait for her next trial til mid-Jan.
Image of Chalk Girl being detained – Twitter @funkcisco, Now: teen drew flowers with chalk on the wall. Lots of police officers are detaining her & others. #UmbrellaMovement.
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