Jimmy Lai among three Hong Kong activists convicted over Tiananmen vigil

Jimmy Lai among three Hong Kong activists convicted over Tiananmen vigil

9/12/2021 6:31:00 AM

Jimmy Lai among three Hong Kong activists convicted over Tiananmen vigil

HONG KONG: Jailed Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai was among three democracy campaigners convicted on Thursday (Dec 9) for taking part in a banned Tiananmen vigil as the prosecution of multiple activists came to a conclusion. Lai, the 74-year-old owner of the now-shuttered pro-democracy Apple Daily new

Lai, Chow and Ho are among dozens of activists already behind bars facing separate prosecutions under a strict national security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in the wake of huge and often violent democracy protests two years ago.But their prosecution is the latest illustration of how much the gap has narrowed between Hong Kong and the mainland, where authorities have long sought to scrub memories and official records of Tiananmen.

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For three decades, Hong Kong's annual Jun 4 candlelight vigil would attract tens of thousands of people, which - with its slogans for democracy and ending one-party rule in China - became a symbol for the political freedoms enjoyed in the city.But Hong Kong authorities have banned the last two vigils citing both the coronavirus pandemic and security fears.

This year, Beijing made it clear it will no longer tolerate Tiananmen commemorations in Hong Kong or Macau, the only two places within China where public remembrance could take place.Multiple organisers of the annual vigil - including Chow - were charged with the national security crime of subversion while a Jun 4 museum they ran was closed by authorities and its exhibits carted away. headtopics.com

Unlawful assembly prosecutions have been brought against activists who took part in both the 2020 and this year's banned Tiananmen vigils.Previously, 16 politicians and activists - including prominent campaigner Joshua Wong - were sentenced to six to 10 months in jail over their roles in the vigil, with a few granted suspended sentences.

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