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Girl Arrested for Chalk Flowers Drawing on Hong Kong Protest Site Wall

By    |   Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 04:00 PM

A 14-year-old girl was arrested after drawing flowers with chalk on a wall at one of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest sites.

A judge ruled Monday that the teen, who was arrested Dec. 23, should be sent to a children’s home for 20 days, CNN reported. The girl was released on bail.

During recent pro-democracy protests, the wall, known as the “Lennon Wall” for former Beatles star John Lennon, contained Post-it notes and messages of support for the protests, which have since been cleared. The wall is near the Central Government Offices.

Hong Kong police are asking that the girl who drew the chalk flowers be removed from the care of her hearing-impaired father, CNN said.

The girl’s arrest has led some to accuse the Hong Kong authorizes of trying to intimidate pro-democracy protesters by using child protection laws to remove children from their families, The New York Times reported.

“When you don’t have an ongoing threat to the child’s safety, it is very unusual” to pursue a care and protection order, the girl’s attorney, Patricia Ho, said, according toTthe New York Times. “I think they are trying to scare children away from being on streets, and stepping it up by not just scaring children but also their families.”

Police previously took similar action against a 14-year-old boy.

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