tirsdag 4. januar 2022

Hong Kong: Activist gets 15 month term for Tiananmen vigil

Pro-democracy Hong Kong activist Chow Hang Tung has been found guilty of organising a 2021 vigil to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. She was convicted on charges of inciting others to take part in an unauthorised assembly. Hong Kong authorities have banned the vigil for two straight years, citing Covid restrictions.

Last month Chow received a 12-month sentence for inciting and taking part in a similar vigil in 2020. Chow was vice chairwoman of the now-disbanded Hong Kong Alliance (HKA), which organised annual vigils for the victims of Beijing's brutal crackdown on democracy protesters on 4 June 1989. She was arrested on the morning of 4 June last year after she published two pieces, calling on residents to light candles and mark the anniversary.

The court ruled on Tuesday that those articles amounted to inciting others to defy the police ban on the vigil. "The law never allows anyone to exercise their freedom by unlawful means," magistrate Amy Chan said, according to AFP.