Hong Kong Activists Sentenced For Their Function In Anti-Authorities Protest : NPR


File pictures reveals Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, left, activist Ivan Lam (heart) and then-student activist Agnes Chow. The three had been sentenced in Hong Kong on Wednesday for his or her roles in main final 12 months’s anti-government protests.

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File pictures reveals Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, left, activist Ivan Lam (heart) and then-student activist Agnes Chow. The three had been sentenced in Hong Kong on Wednesday for his or her roles in main final 12 months’s anti-government protests.

Philip Fong/AFP through Getty Pictures

A trio of younger Hong Kong opposition activists have been sentenced after pleading responsible to organizing an illustration final 12 months as half of a bigger protest towards Hong Kong’s receding autonomy.

Their sentencing on Wednesday is the newest blow to the area’s opposition motion which seeks to protect Hong Kong’s restricted autonomy from Beijing.

The three — Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam — have been held with out bail since pleading responsible in late November for organizing and collaborating within the protest final 12 months that surrounded police headquarters. Wong, Chow and Lam, all of their 20s, are additionally founding members of the now-disbanded Demosisto opposition political social gathering.

“We’re now becoming a member of the battle in jail together with many courageous protesters, much less seen but important within the struggle for democracy and freedom for HK,” Wong wrote via his attorneys on Twitter shortly after the sentencing.

That is Wong’s second stint in jail. He served a two-month time period in 2019 associated to his management in a civil disobedience marketing campaign in 2014 popularly referred to as the Umbrella Motion.

Hong Kong has arrested greater than 10,000 protesters who took half in months-long demonstrations starting final 12 months. The mass rallies had been sparked a proposed extradition invoice with mainland China, and the invoice was shelved after peaceable marches.

The marches then ballooned into wider requires democratic reforms to Hong Kong’s authorities, which is led a Beijing-appointed chief government, and afterward, reforms of Hong Kong’s police division after allegations of police brutality.

This 12 months, Beijing has acted rapidly to legally dismantle Hong Kong’s opposition motion and produce the area’s semi-autonomous establishments underneath Beijing’s authorized heel.

In June, China imposed a brand new nationwide safety legislation that has successfully outlawed future dissent.

A number of protesters have already been charged underneath the legislation, which carries life sentences for broad crimes together with secession and overseas collusion and permits for defendants to be extradited to mainland China.

Final month, Beijing’s legislature expelled 4 opposition lawmakers from Hong Kong’s legislature. The remaining opposition lawmakers resigned in protest, leaving the area’s Legislative Council totally populated business or pro-Beijing factions.





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