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Lester Shum

Lester Shum Ngo-fai was born in New York in the United States. He moved to Hong Kong in the mid-1990s. He studied Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

Shum was the vice president of the Student Union at CUHK from 2013 to 2014, after that he served as deputy secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students between 2014 and 2015. He was the one of the leaders of the 2014 Umbrella Movement.

Shum’s political career started when he became an assistant to former lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick in 2016. He was later elected as a member of the Hoi Bun constituency in Tsuen Wan district in 2019.

He was disqualified from the Legislative Council in July 2020 after taking part in the pro-democracy primaries took place.

He was later arrested in January 2021 and charged with subversion along with 46 activists and politicians in February 2021.

Alongside activist Joshua Wong, district councillors Jannelle Rosalynne Leung and Tiffany Yuen, Lester was charged with taking part in an unauthorized assembly (the Hong Kong’s annual June 4th candlelight vigil) in Causeway Bay in 2019 and was sentenced to six months in prison on 6th May 2021.

Currently charged under conspiracy to commit subversion.

Solidarity address

Lester Shum
PO Box 33854
Sheung Wan Post Office
322-324 Des Voeux Road Central Sheung Wan
Hong Kong



Information provided by Hong Kong Watch