fredag 12. november 2021

Hong Kong protester known as ‘Captain America’ jailed for five years

A Hong Kong man known as “Captain America” for carrying the superhero’s shield at protest rallies has been sentenced to more than five years in jail for chanting slogans promoting Hong Kong’s independence from China.

Ma Chun-man, a 31-year-old food delivery driver, was convicted last month by a judge of trying to separate the city from China by chanting slogans and displaying placards, as well as through interviews with reporters. It is the third national security case to come to trial since Hong Kong authorities began wielding a sweeping new law to snuff out dissent. China imposed the national security law on the city last year in response to massive democracy protests, a move that has brought mainland-style speech curbs to the once outspoken business hub.