Hong Kong condemns seven politicians prodemocracy to up to 16 months in jail

At least 11 months in jail, 7 outstanding prodemocratic politicians from Hong Kong should be passed by their participation in an unauthorized demonstration in O

Hong Kong condemns seven politicians prodemocracy to up to 16 months in jail

At least 11 months in jail, 7 outstanding prodemocratic politicians from Hong Kong should be passed by their participation in an unauthorized demonstration in October 2019, the Hongkonese press reported today.

Judge Amanda Woodcock communicated on Wednesday sentences for incitement charges for participation in a protest that did not have the approval of the authorities and to organize the aforementioned concentration.

The former presidents of the League of Social Democrats Raphael Wong and Avery NG should go through bars 14 and 12 months, respectively, while the Veteran Political Yeung Sum, 73, will be imprisoned for 11 months.

Wong, NG and Sum were sentenced by the position of organizing the demonstration, while Albert Ho was due to incitement, which has been a sentence of 16 months.

Both Figo Chan and Leung "Pelolgo" Kwok-Hung, also former League members of the Social Democrats, were sentenced to 16 months in each of the charges, although the sentences will be fulfilled in a contemporary manner, same assumption than that of the ex duty CYD Ho, which will be deprived of freedom for 14 months.

The magistrate argued that, although the mini-constitution of the city collects the rights of meeting and manifestation, "these rights are not absolute and are subject to constitutional restrictions."

"These freedoms are enjoyed subject to these restrictions and regardless of the political opinions of people," said Woodcock.

During the second half of 2019, Hong Kong attended numerous and multitudinous anti-government demonstrations that requested the improvement of the democratic mechanisms of the British Excolonia.

Since then, the Beijing government has imposed two laws that, in the opinion of NGOs of Defense of Human Rights, are serving to dismantle civil society in Hong Kong and further hindering access to the power of critical sectors with Chinese executive .

Beijing imposed a national security law last year that, according to critics, aims to end dissidence, an affirmation than the authorities of mainland China and Hong Kong reject. Some activists by democracy said that the space for the voices of the opposition was "reduced". "We hope everyone understands that it is a political prosecution," said Chan Po-Ying, president of the League of Social Democrats, outside the Court.

Updated Date: 04 September 2021, 11:29

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