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「816全民提款日」呼籲者有冇犯法?

2019年8月14日,陳某發表了呼籲香港市民在2019年8月16日進行全民提款以癱瘓銀行系統的言論。銀行系統是香港經濟體系的心臟,他昨天的發言中涉及有意引起香港市民對香港政府以及中央政府的憎恨,及激起對中央政府的叛變,以使香港經濟甚至中國經濟蒙受損害。他的言論亦涉及引起及加深香港市民之間的不滿及離反,以及香港不同階層居民間的惡感和敵意。他的言論中包含的意圖有可能構成《刑事罪行條例》第9(1)(b)、第9(1)(d)條以及第9(1)(e)條所指的煽動意圖,而根據《刑事罪行條例》第10(1)(a)條和第10(1)(b)條,任何人作出或企圖作出具煽動意圖的作為或發表煽動文字,即屬犯罪,第一次定罪最高可監禁2年。因此他的言論有可能構成刑事罪行。

儘管香港是一個尊重言論自由的社會,但不代表可以縱容構成刑事罪行的帶有煽動意圖的言論及行為。希望市民要注意言行,不要協助或參與構成刑事罪行的行為。

On 14 August 2019, Chan issued a public statement urging the Hong Kong public to make cash withdrawals on 16 August 2019 in order to paralyze Hong Kong’s banking system. As everyone should know, the banking system is the core of Hong Kong’s economic system. His public statement made on 14 August 2019 was intended to arouse the hostility of the Hong Kong public towards the Hong Kong Government and the Central Government, and to instigate a rebellion against the Central Government with an aim to destroying the economies of Hong Kong and China. His public statement was also intended to instigate and deepen the discontent and rebellious feelings among the Hong Kong public and the feelings of malevolence and hostility across all spectrums of people in Hong Kong. The intention contained in his public statement may constitute the “seditious intention” under section 9(1)(b), section 9(1)(d) and section 9(1)(e) of the Crimes Ordinance. Under section 10(1)(a) and section 10(1)(b) of the Crimes Ordinance, any person who does or attempts to do any act with a seditious intention or utters any seditious words shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable for a first offence to imprisonment for 2 years. Thus, his public statement may constitute a criminal offence.

Despite Hong Kong is a society that respects freedom of speech, it does not necessarily mean that any words and acts with seditious intentions which may constitute a criminal offence should be condoned. The general public in Hong Kong are reminded to be cautious of your words and acts and not to assist or participate in any acts that constitute a criminal offence.

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Author: 法律小薯

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