Target: Martin Lee, lawyer and founding chairman of Hong Kong’s Democracy Party
Goal: Thank Martin Lee for his work to free Chalk Girl and promote democracy in Hong Kong.
A Hong Kong girl who was arrested for drawing chalk flowers on a wall at a popular protest site has been returned to her family. The girl was taken from her family and placed in a children’s home as police said that her father, who is seriously hearing-impaired, couldn’t understand the case.
She was released from the children’s home on bail until the court could evaluate whether or not she should be permanently removed from her family’s care. Thanks to activists in Hong Kong and around the world like those here at Force Change, the Hong Kong police have released her permanently to her family’s custody.
The girl, who has been dubbed ‘Chalk Girl’ in the media, drew the flowers on Lennon Wall, a central protest site of the ongoing pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. When the girl was arrested, many people feared that the arrest was meant as a symbol to members of the movement–if they could arrest a child, they could arrest anybody. Thankfully, the court revoked the police’s protection order after social workers reported that there was no need to remove her from her father’s custody.
The struggle for democracy is ongoing in Hong Kong, but releasing this girl shows that the police do not have the power to remove dissenting children from their homes. This is a sign of hope for pro-democracy protestors—their movement has not and will not be silenced, and the world is paying attention. Please sign this petition to thank Martin Lee, Chalk Girl’s lawyer and founding chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, for his work in freeing this girl and his tireless advocacy for change.
Dear Mr. Lee,
When a 14-year-old girl was arrested for drawing chalk flowers on Lennon wall, many pro-democracy protestors and members of the Umbrella Movement were afraid the gesture was meant to inspire fear in other protestors. The girl was removed from her home and Hong Kong police threatened to remove her from her father’s custody under the claim that his severe hearing impairment left him unable to understand the case and unable to care for her.
Thanks to your work as her lawyer, that decision has been overturned and Chalk Girl can return home to her family. This is an important moment in her life, but also important for those who are part of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. The court’s ruling and release of the girl show that the concerns of the people are being heard. Though the fight for democracy isn’t over, that the girl has been returned to her family shows that the police can not silence dissent.
Thank you for your work in returning Chalk Girl to her home. This is an important step toward implementing the democracy many of Hong Kong’s citizens want, and a little girl has been returned to living safely with her family. Human rights activists are grateful to you for your tireless efforts to attain democracy in Hong Kong.
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