Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and three of his colleagues were sentenced Friday for their participation in the 2020 Tiananmen massacre vigil.The ceremony was not declared authorized last year for the first time since 1990.
Judge Stanley Chan has been adjourned until after May 6 Announcement Sentenced to the four young activists (Among them, too Lester Shum, Tiffany Yuen, and Janelle Leung), Who pleaded guilty to knowingly participating in the ban and faces Punishment of up to five years in prison.
The conviction comes three days after the Hong Kong authorities announced that You will not authorize the vigil This year because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic, the same reason that happened last year.
The vigil in Hong Kong, the city that in 1989 hosted a large number of protesters who fled repression in mainland China, is Remembrance of the Tiananmen massacre further, s Since 1990, it has been held in Central Victoria Park every June 4.
Although not authorized in 2020, Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents participated in it on an equal footing.
In August 2020, after two months of focus, 24 activists (Among them, the four who were convicted on Friday were the Hong Kong press magnate Jimmy LaiVeteran activist “Pelolargo”, Leung Kwok-hungThe Vice President of the Hong Kong Trade Union Confederation, Lee Cheuk Yan), They were accused of participation.
During the previous session, The four and former Congressman Eddie Chu said they would plead guilty. The court considered the other 19 defendants separately, who are not expected to plead guilty.
However, Chu’s lawyer on Friday told the judge that his client He didn’t make up his mind about his guilt, In which Chu is scheduled to appear in court on June 11 with the 19 other defendants.
At the conclusion of the session, before leaving the podium, Wong meets Two sentences totaling 17 and a half months in prison About activities related to his political activity, he shouted: “Even if the world changed, we wouldn’t!”.
(With information from EFE)