A lawyer representing the student activists detained on the Acropolis for protesting against the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics said on Monday they “deserve praise instead of arrests and handcuffs.”
The two women who climbed up scaffolding and unfolded a Tibetan flag and a banner proclaiming “Free Hong Kong Revolution,” 18-year-old Tibetan student Tsela Zoksang and 22-year-old Hong Kong exiled-activist, Joey Siu, both American citizens, are members of the ‘No Beijing 2022’ campaign. They, and a third person who accompanied them to the site, were detained by police.
All three were released after being brought before a prosecutor, who ordered a trial on January 26, 2022.
“The students chose the Acropolis as a symbol of democracy and the cradle of Western civilization. The place from where the late Manolis Glezos lowered the flag of Nazism during the dark years of the Nazi occupation and has since become a national symbol. From the Acropolis, the students symbolically defended democracy and the freedom of the people,” he added.