One of Hong Kong’s most distinguished democracy activists, Joshua Wong, was jailed on Wednesday for greater than 13 months for taking part in an unauthorised anti-government rally final yr.
Wong turned the face of the 2014 student-led Umbrella Movement democracy protests. Last yr’s pro-democracy protests, nevertheless, prompted Beijing to impose a controversial nationwide safety legislation in June. The legislation goals to sort out secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with overseas forces, with punishments of as much as life in jail.
“Ahead of us is another challenging battleground. We’re now joining the battle in prison along with many brave protesters, less visible yet essential in the fight for democracy and freedom for Hong Kong”, mentioned the 24-year-old Wong, who had pleaded responsible to organising and inciting an illegal meeting.
In response to the court docket ruling, Britain’s overseas minister Dominic Raab urged Hong Kong and Beijing authorities to cease their campaigns to stifle the opposition. Britain administered Hong Kong till a 1997 handover to China. In July, it suspended its extradition treaty and blocked arms gross sales with town. It additionally supplied residency rights to a few million Hong Kongers.
Rights group Amnesty International condemned the court docket ruling: “By targeting well-known activists from Hong Kong’s largely leaderless protest movement, authorities are sending a warning to anyone who dares openly criticize the government that they could be next”, it mentioned.