Hong Kong Jails 12 People Over The 2019 Legislature Protests

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  • The Indo-Pacific Defence


A Hong Kong court sentenced 12 people Saturday to prison over the storming of the city’s legislative council building at the height of the anti-government protests in 2019.


The storming of the legislature occurred at the height of the anti-government protests in 2019.
The storming of the legislature occurred at the height of the anti-government protests in 2019. (Arch.)

 

 

 

The 12 defendants, including former student leader Althea Suen, actor Gregory Wong, and activists Ventus Lau and Owen Chow, were previously convicted for rioting. Some of them were also found guilty of other related charges.

 

Judge Li Chi-ho handed down jail terms ranging between 4 1/2 years and 6 years and 10 months, depending on the degree of their involvement and mitigating factors.

 

Li said the legislature holds a unique constitutional status and the nature of the event was serious, with a far-reaching impact. The acts of the protesters were “targeting the city’s government,” he said.

 

The case also involved two reporters who were previously acquitted of the rioting charge but were convicted for unlawful entry into the legislature. One was fined US $192 and the other $128, Li said.

 

Hundreds of protesters swarmed into the legislature the night of July 1, 2019 — the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China — defacing pictures and smashing furniture. Some spray-painted slogans in the chamber and painted over the territory’s emblem on a wall before vacating the site as riot police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas before moving inside.

 

 


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