Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy was one of eight pro-democracy activists sentenced to new prison terms on Friday for participating in a demonstration marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China.
Mr Lai, who is already behind bars in protest, will now have to serve up to a month after being convicted of holding an illegal rally on October 1, 201.
Figo Chan, a two-year-old youth campaigner, and seven other leading activists, including former lawmakers Lee Cheuk-yan and Leung Kwak-hung, were also sentenced to new prison terms.
Many showed signs of “victory” when they went to court in a police van.
The new sentences are the latest in a series of successful and successful campaigns by China to dissuade and overthrow the Congolese democracy movement.
The most serious challenge to Beijing’s rule since the handover of the city to Hong Kong in 1997 was the massive and often violent pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2019.
Clashes with police on China’s National Day on October 1 were the worst of that period.
As the government celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, it is a bizarre example of how large the population of Hong Kong is under Beijing’s rule.
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The march, which was attended by jailed activists on Friday, has been very peaceful. But this was not official police permission, a necessity in Hong Kong.
District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock sentenced eight activists to life in prison, saying “it is foolish to believe that a voice calling for peaceful and rational behavior is enough to make it non-violent.”
China has responded to the Democracy Rally in Hong Kong with widespread democracy, including the imposition of comprehensive national security legislation expressing widespread disagreement.
Hong Kong officials said on Thursday morning that June 19 Tiananmen Square bans celebrating the crackdown. Security Minister John Lee warned that security laws could be used against those who violated the ban.
More than 10,000 people were arrested during the Hong Kong Democracy Demonstration, of which more than 2,000 were convicted of various crimes.
Prominent democracy leaders in the city have either been arrested, imprisoned, or fled abroad.
More than 100 people, including Mr Lai, have been prosecuted under the Security Act and are being held in jail.
Those jailed on Friday are from the more liberal branch of Hong Kong’s democracy movement. Four people were jailed for participating in the protests.
Many of them have spent decades advocating non-violence in the final fruitful campaign for global suffrage.
Figo Chan, for example, was a key figure in the Civil Human Rights Front, the coalition that held the largest public meeting of 2019 after hundreds of thousands fought.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. – A Chinese phrase of encouragement – The group was taken to court on Friday.
At a hearing earlier this week, Mr Chan accused Hong Kong’s disgruntled leaders of failing to give citizens a chance to voice their grievances.
“If the government had heeded the demands of the people, the people would not need to use violence to respond to the government,” he told the court.
Che Lee Chek-yan, 63, said he had no regrets about going to jail.
“For more than a decade, I have been working for democratic reform in China,” he told the court. “This is my incomparable love, love for my country with such a heavy heart.”
China says it needs to clamp down and restore security law stability. It has rejected calls for democracy and says protests were staged by “foreign forces” seeking to weaken China.
Many Western countries say that Hong Kong has broken its promise to maintain some independence and autonomy under the “one country, two systems” agreement that Beijing agreed to before handing over the city in 1997.