Civil society figures were severely sentenced for peaceful demonstrations.
Since the day before, a hundred Hong Kong people have been waiting in front of the West Kowloon Court, hoping to participate in the judgment of “9 o’clock on August 18,” which was delivered on Friday, April 16 at the end of the day. Those who cannot enter have been outside to support the defendant. This is a well-known and respected figure by many Hong Kong people. When only four of the nine people appeared and were admitted but sentenced to probation, they could not contain their anger.
The other defendants were sentenced to imprisonment ranging from 8 to 18 months or sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment for participating in the large-scale demonstration on August 18, 2019. More than 1.5 million of them also participated in the demonstration. . Three of the defendants must also be held responsible for their participation in another illegal assembly on August 31, 2019.
The defendant’s lawyer recommended fines instead of imprisonment, emphasizing the defendant’s usual outstanding commitment to community service and emphasizing that the August 18 demonstration remained peaceful so that the police had absolutely no intervention. The 54-year-old British judge Amanda Woodcock only partially accepted this argument, and he has been practicing in Hong Kong.Human rights lawyer He Junren sentenced to one year in prison “The severity is unimaginable”. “The judge’s attitude shocked and disappointed me”, He added.
The most severe punishment (18 months in jail) was former LSD (Social Democratic Union) MP Liang Guoxiong, 65 years old. He often wears a Che Guevara portrait T-shirt, nicknamed “Long Hair” for his impressive mop, and is as legendary as his firm loyalty to the democratic struggle.
The famous opposition news tycoon Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 14 months in prison. Although he has been detained for more than four months before trial (according to the new strict national security law that took effect in Hong Kong in June, he was charged with conspiracy to subvert), but this sentence will deprive him of his “privilege.” The defendant, especially the daily visit right, will become once a month.