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Hong Kong tycoon, two others sentenced for being wary of Tiananmen

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Hong Kong Prominent financier and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai and two others were convicted on Thursday for their roles in last year’s banned Tiananmen candlelight ceremony, amid a crackdown on dissent politics in the city and Beijing’s tightening of political control.

Lai, along with Chow Hang-tung, vice president of the now defunct vigilance, the Hong Kong Coalition for Patriotic Democratic Movements of China and activist and former reporter Gwyneth Ho were convicted of participating in or instigating others to attend a candlelight ceremony in 2020.

They are one of 24 activists charged for their role in the illegal meeting in Victoria Park on June 4 last year, in which thousands of people gathered to light candles and sing songs in the park despite police warnings that they might be breaking the law.

The Hong Kong Union previously held a candlelight vigil in the city’s Victoria Park every June 4 to mark the bloody crackdown on protesters campaigning for more democracy. in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989.

Last year, authorities banned the protest for the first time in three decades, citing limited social distancing and public health risks from the coronavirus. Protests are also banned this year.

Before the ban, large crowds attended the annual candlelight ceremony, the only large-scale public celebration on Chinese soil of the 1989 crackdown in the United States. Beijing

Lai was found guilty of instigating others to participate, while Ho was convicted of knowingly participating in the gathering. Chow, a lawyer, was convicted of both instigating and participating in vigilance.

The trio had previously pleaded not guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.

Most of the activists who have been accused of banning vigils in the past have pleaded guilty, including the outspoken activist. Joshua Wong who was sentenced to 10 months in prison for participating in the vigil. He served time in prison after serving his sentence after previously being found guilty on other charges related to his activities.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/hong-kong-beijing-joshua-wong-victoria-park-china-b1972608.html Hong Kong tycoon, two others sentenced for being wary of Tiananmen

JACLYN DIAZ

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