HONG KONG – Democrat Joshua Wong has been sentenced to 13 and a half months in prison, while fellow activist Agnes Chow was sentenced to 10 months in prison for a protest in Hong Kong last year, the latest blow to political opposition in the Chinese city.
Evan Lam, a third member of their disbanded political group, sentenced Democrats to seven months in prison. All three were jailed last week while awaiting sentencing Confession of guilt to unauthorized assembly charges at the June 2019 demonstration, When thousands of people gathered outside the police headquarters in the early days of the mass protest movement that surrounded the city. They were sentenced to up to three years in prison.
The Democrats were dissolved shortly after China imposed a lengthy national security law in Hong Kong this summer. Since then, the authorities have resorted to increasingly aggressive measures in arresting dissidents, activists, journalists and politicians. Four legislators were removed from office last month. The pro-democracy camp is largely motivated to resign from the local legislature.
The 24-year-old Mr. Wong, known as the Umbrella Movement, became a force to be reckoned with in 2014 to wage major struggles against the limits of direct elections. Mrs. Chow, 23, was invited The “Mulan” of the Hong Kong Democratic Movement, Thanks for his Japanese language skills in Japanese.
Mr. On Lam, 26, 2011 Mr. Wong joined an activist group called Scholarism. Ms Chow joined the group a year later to protest against a plan to introduce a national education curriculum in Hong Kong schools. Considered “brainwashing”. During the 2014 protests against the development plan, Mr.
After he was jailed last week, Mr. Wong was in solitary confinement for three days because a scan suggested he may have ingested a foreign substance before being detained. During that time, he had difficulty sleeping because his cell lights were left on for 24 hours, and he underwent routine medical examinations, Mr said on Saturday. Said Fernando Cheung, a former legislator who met Wong. No foreign material was found, Mr. Chiung added.
Mr. Wong was He was sentenced in 2018 to three months in prison For contempt of court order Removal of a protest camp in November 2014. He was released on bail after six days pending appeal Abbreviated in May 2019, returned to complete a two-month sentence.
He served 69 days Sentenced to six months in prison on illegal assembly charge Before he was released and sentenced In 2018 it was thrown out by Hong Kong’s final appellate court.
Ms Chow, a former inmate, said she had not been properly detained and could not sleep at night, according to a message she sent to friends who met her in prison and posted on her Facebook account on Sunday. .
“I understand that I will be serving a prison sentence on Wednesday, so my morale was low and I was very worried,” he was quoted as saying.
Ms Cho was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of violating the new National Security Act by inciting secession. But he was not charged in that case.
Mr. Wong said he had found a positive thing about returning to custody: he did not have to face constant questions about what’s next for Hong Kong’s besieged democratic movement.
“He doesn’t have to deal with it now,” he said. Cheung said. “People understand he can’t do much in prison. The burden is now on those outside.”