Protesters don their Bras in Hong Kong
August 2, 2015, saw a protest with a difference in Hong Kong. Protesters both male and female demonstrated outside Hong Kong’s police headquarters in support of a woman who was arrested, charged, convicted, and sentenced for using her breast to bump a police officer during another protest.
Dozens of male and female activists gathered outside the police headquarters in the Wan Chai district. Some carried bras as banners, while others wore them over the top of their t-shirts.
The protest was triggered when a thirty year old local woman was sentenced last week to serve three and a half months in jail for assaulting a police officer during a March 2015 protest against cross-border traders from mainland China. The woman was found guilty of using her breast to bump against the chief inspector of police’s arm.
The ridiculous charge has elicited furore from men and women, who fear it sets a precedent that will exploit the rights of women to participate in any kind of protest activity.
The irony is that during the incident, the chief inspector’s hand touched the said woman’s breast as he tried to grab her handbag strap. She yelled “indecent assault” at the time and made an accusation against him of indecent assault. The tables were turned, however, when the magistrate found that she had trumped up the allegation and that she herself had acted maliciously and used her breast as a weapon against the police inspector to harm his pristine reputation.
Crowds of supporters of all ages at the protest chanted “Breasts are not weapons. Give back our breast freedom”.
The very idea that breasts could be considered a weapon, and that a woman who makes an accusation of indecent assault against a man who gropes or touches her inappropriately could be in turn accused of malicious intent and be herself punished boggles the mind. The defendant is appealing her sentence.