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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong sentenced to jail for anti-government protests

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong sentenced to jail for anti-government protests

December 2, 2020 | 10:10am | Updated December 2, 2020 | 10:10am

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and two others were sentenced to jail Wednesday over anti-government protests that rocked the region last year.

Wong, 24, was sentenced to thirteen and a half months in jail after pleading guilty to organizing and taking part in the June 21, 2019 rally outside Hong Kong’s police headquarters over the extradition bill and police use of force against protesters.

Two others, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam, also copped to charges. Chow was sentenced to 10 months for participating and inciting other protesters and Lam was given seven months on incitement charges.

The three men are among more than 10,000 people who have been arrested since June 2019 in connection to the protests against a proposed bill that would’ve allowed extradition to mainland China.

Late last month, just before he was taken into custody, Wong vowed that he wouldn’t back down from his work.

“I am persuaded that neither prison bars, nor election ban, nor any other arbitrary powers would stop us from activism,” he said.

He also admitted that he was “a bit scared” to spend time behind bars.

Wong is known abroad for his role as a student leader of the “Umbrella Revolution” protests in Hong Kong in 2014.

The jailing of Wong, Chow and Lam was slammed by Hong Kong’s final British governor, Chris Patten, who said it was “another grim example of China’s determination to put Hong Kong in handcuffs.”

Joshua Wong And Other Pro-democracy Figures Appear In Court

Supporters of pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam

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Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong (right) and Ivan Lam are escorted by Correctional Services officers.

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Sentencing of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong

Supporters of pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow Ting, Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Ivan Lam Long Ying

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Joshua Wong And Other Pro-democracy Figures Appear In Court

Alexandra Wong stands in front of a Correctional Services Department vehicle as it leaves the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts.

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Amnesty International said the three “must be released immediately and unconditionally.”

“Once again, the government has used the politically motivated charge of ‘inciting others to protest’ to prosecute people who have merely spoken out and protested peacefully,” said the group’s Asia-Pacific regional director, Yamini Mishra.

“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.”

With Post wires

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