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Billy Fung charged in January HKU protest

Billy Fung charged in January HKU protest
The University of Hong Kong Student Union president Billy Fung Jing-en attend the HKU council meeting at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on Feb 23, 2016. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG - The former president of the student union at the University of Hong Kong, Billy Fung Jing-en, is free on bail after being arrested Wednesday, on three counts in connection with a violent protest at the university January.

The 22-year-old Fung was picked up last night, and charged with criminal intimidation, criminal damage and forcible entry. He was considered a leading player in the disruption of a meeting of the university’s governing council in January.

About 200 angry students invaded the council meeting, at the university’s Pok Fu Lam campus. The incident, which unfolded before a live TV audience resulted in damage to a glass door, a smoke door, a guard booth and four lamp posts, according to police. Several members of the university council alleged they were held against their will for several hours. Some requested treatment for related stress.

Fung who had sat previously on the council had been barred from the closed door meeting after repeatedly leaking confidential proceedings of the council.

Another student union member – vice president Colman Li Fung-kei – who was also expected to be picked up on Wednesday, stated on his Facebook page he couldn’t cooperate with police since he was away from Hong Kong.

Fung is free on HK$10,000 bail and will appear in court at a later date to face the charges.

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