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People Are Wearing Bras Outside Their Clothes After A Woman Was Jailed For "Assault By Breast"

Say hello to the new icon of Hong Kong's latest wave of protests.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:22 p.m. ET

Posted on August 3, 2015, at 3:42 p.m. ET

More than a hundred Hong Kong residents gathered outside the Wan Chai Police Headquarters on Sunday morning wearing colorful bras on top of their clothing.

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Or just the bras on their own in some cases.

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The group was there to support a Hong Kong woman named Ng Lai-ying who was sentenced to 3.5 months in jail last week. She said a police officer grabbed her; the officer claimed she purposefully bumped into him with her chest, "assaulting" him.

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A local magistrate, Chan Pik-kiu, rejected Ng's claim and accused her of lying, according to CNN. Chan said during the trial: "You used your female identity to trump up the allegation that the officer had molested you. This is a malicious act."

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More than 20 activist groups endorsed the event, "Breast Walk @Hong Kong," including feminist groups such as the Hong Kong Association of Women Social Workers and the Association for the Advancement of Feminism.

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Some of the demonstrators wrote on their bras the Chinese characters "武" and "器," or "weapon," mocking that Ng was found guilty of assaulting a police officer with her breast in the "ridiculous" verdict, according to the South China Morning Post.

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For about an hour, they chanted "breasts are not weapons," "the police are cads," and "breasts are right, shame on the injustice" in front of the police building.

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Both men and women took part in the protest, lingerie on full display.

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The police raised yellow warning flags twice in front of the crowd that read, "You are in breach of the law, you may be prosecuted."

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But the demonstrators only reacted with boos and treated them as background in their photos.

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The protest ended without the arrest of the participants or further incident. Here's some more pictures of the demonstration-cum-fashion-show:

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