Abstract: Local Press reader HongKongUSBoy calls upon US Captain America Chris Evans to support 35-year-old Hong Kong Captain America Yung Wai-yip, a certified autistic recently found guilty of 2 rioting charges over 2016 Mongkok Police-civilian Clash, on the ground that Yung had used his shield to protect 2014 Occupy Central Movement young student protesters from gangsters’ attacks. [Christian Bale, famous for playing Batman, was roughed up by China secret police for trying to visit blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng in Shandong.] As a US military veteran, Hong Kong American pastor Bob Kraft thinks that “in dressing himself as Captain America, Yung may have identified himself with the American ideals” (which are liberty, faith and the battle against evil according to John Gray). Pastor Kraft also thinks that the judge should have arranged for a updated psychiatric review of Yung Wai-yip’s fitness for criminal intent. Yung, now looking at 10 to 20 years in jail maximum, will be heard regarding mitigation on Apr 4, two days after the World Autism Awareness Day. He and his 90-year-old grandma depend on each other for survival. When he was 17, Yung won 2 medals in Olympics swimming contests for the handicapped in Sidney on behalf of HK. On Mar 22, 11 international parliamentarians signed a statement to condemn the HK Government for abusing, in cases like the 2016 Mongkok Clash, the outdated Public Order Ordinance, to which the vaguely defined rioting charge pertains, in order to silence dissidents.
Found Guilty Despite Certified Autism
On 22 March, over the 2016 Lunar New Year Mongkok Police-civilian Clash case tried in the High Court, 35-year-old Andy YUNG Wai-yip, aka Captain America, was found guilty of 2 rioting charges and 1 assaulting-police charge despite his certified autism. Yung will be sentenced on Apr 4, 2 days after the World Autism Awareness Day.
US Captain America Chris Evans Invoked
HongKongUSBoy, a reader of Local Press, calls upon Chris Evans, the Hollywood movie star famous for playing Captain America, to support Hong Kong Captain America YUNG Wai-yip, for in 2014 during the Umbrella Revolution or Occupy Central Movement, the aim of which was to struggle for genuine democracy for Hong Kong, Yung Wai Yip used his Captain America shield to protect young student-activists from attacks by gangster. Subsequently, he was arrested twice in Mong Kok for restraining gangsters from cutting plastic cable ties that Occupy protesters used to bind their makeshift barricades. Yung’s Captain America shield was taken from him after the first arrest.
Batman’s Attempt to Visit China Dissident
Similarly, Hollywood actor Christian Bale, famous for playing Batman, was roughed up by Chinese security guards in an eastern Shangdong village in December 2011, as he attempted to visit blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng who had been under house arrest for 15 months as a result of his campaigning against forced abortions.
American Military Veteran cum Pastor on Yung’s Possible American Ideals
As a member of the public, and as a pastor, Hong Kong American Pastor Bob Kraft opines that the judge should have arranged for a updated psychiatric review of Yung Wai-yip’s fitness for criminal intent. “A psychiatrist and the US Government should have been called as a witness to assist the judge and jury to determine his fitness to answer the charges against him.” And as an American (military) veteran, the Pastor thinks that “in dressing himself as Captain America, Yung may have identified himself with the American ideals .” (According to John Gray, the New Statesman’s lead book reviewer, the American ideals embodied by Captain America are liberty, faith, and the battle against evil.) “Yung has identified himself to me as the actual Captain America,” Pastor Kraft recalls, “I questioned to myself at that moment his mental capabilities and perception of reality.”
A public hospital psychiatrist, who had seen Yung before, has testified in court that Yung has been affected by autism since 3 years old, that though it is uncertain how much his brain function is thereby compromised, he might not be able to discern the significance of others’ facial expressions and gestures, and to react appropriately in chaotic, fast-changing circumstances.
An Ordinary Man’s Trio-dream Crashed
When he was seventeen, Andy Yung won two medals in Olympics swimming contests for the handicapped in Sidney on behalf of Hong Kong. His dream has been to find a stable job, get married, and purchase a flat. As revealed by him to our reporter, he has been applying for a public housing unit for almost 15 years in vain because those new migrants or colonizers who have been flocking into Hong Kong from China at a rate of 150 per day regularly jump the queue. Encountered with gross social justice like this, Yung has taken to joining in demonstrations. But before his trio-dream can be realized, he is now facing a prison sentence of ten to twenty years. Moreover, because of his activism, Yung has fallen out with his parents. He and his 90-year-old grandmother depend on each other for survival.
Captain America as the Usual Suspect
Yung is nicknamed Captain America for he often dressed himself in Captain America’s costumes and accessories when he took part in the 2014 Umbrella Revolution. Although he has always behaved in a peaceful manner, the police always pick on him whenever he appears in a protest. This reminds people of the quote in Casablanca, “Round up the usual suspects!”
11 international parliamentarians have just signed a statement to condemn the HK Government for abusing, in cases like the Mongkok Clash, the outdated Public Order Ordinance, to which the vaguely defined rioting charge pertains, in order to silence dissidents.
Chapman Chen reports:
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