The Hong Kong Authorities Want to Take Teen Protesters From Their Families

TIME

Authorities in Hong Kong are seeking to take two children from their families for participating in the city’s pro-democracy demonstrations, in a heavy-handed move that could become a new rallying point for protesters.

One, a 14-year-old girl, has been sent to a children’s home for three weeks while social-welfare investigators review an application brought by the Hong Kong police to remove the child from her father’s care.

She was arrested in the early hours of Dec. 23 for drawing chalk flowers on the Lennon Wall — a curving swath of concrete leading to the city’s Central Government Offices that was covered with messages and slogans during the so-called Umbrella Revolution.

The other child, also 14, was arrested in November, during the dismantling of a street occupation. He has been allowed to stay with his parents while awaiting another hearing on Jan. 12.

Neither child has been charged with a crime.

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