Jail sentence for Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong

18 August, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Joshua Wong

Wong and Law received community sentences and Chow a three-week suspended sentence at magistrates' court last August over the Civic Square protest.

A Hong Kong appeal court on Thursday jailed three prominent young Hong Kong democracy leaders for several months for "unlawful assembly" linked to the city's months-long pro-democracy protests in 2014.

A three-judge panel on Thursday made a decision to stiffen those sentences following the justice secretary's request.

Alex Chow and Nathan Law, who were also student leaders in the 2014 protests, were jailed for seven and eight months, in a move that critics said was created to keep them off the local legislature and deter future protests.

The former British colony, which has been governed under a "one country, two systems" formula since it was returned to Chinese rule in 1997, was rocked by almost three months of mostly peaceful street occupations in late 2014, demanding Beijing grant the city full democracy. Law, who was the youngest lawmaker ever in Hong Kong, was one of four legislators ejected from his post in July. "However, we strongly disagree with the government treating political problems as "law and order" problems and focusing on the prosecution of protestors", he said.

Sean Payton explains Saints' decision to fire orthopedists
Breaux emerged as the Saints' No. 1 cornerback during a breakout 2015 campaign after migrating from the Canadian Football League . One thing that has not changed with the updated diagnosis is that the Saints won't be counting on Breaux to start this season.

The ruling also has implications for the activists' political careers. Hong Kong is governed under the "One Country, Two Systems" model, which has allowed it to maintain a high degree of autonomy.

Three years after the 79-day Occupy protests calling for greater democracy in Hong Kong, the young leaders of the movement are going to jail.

The sentence disqualifies them from running for Hong Kong's legislature for five years.

According to report given by Juliana Liu in Hong Kong, it says that the "rights groups" have criticized the Hong Kong government, saying the appeals were political decisions meant to deter future protests and that it keeps young people out of elected politics.

"The charges against Chow, Law and Wong were political; the proceedings were political; the sentences are political", Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, told the Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday.

Apple Could Spend $1 Bln On Content
The only person who's come close to topping them is Amazon , but reports claim Apple is gunning for the big chair. At Sony, Erlicht and Van Amburg oversaw projects like Breaking Bad , Better Call Saul , and The Crown .

A lower court had previously avoided deterrent punishment for Wong, Law and Chow, citing their "genuine wish to express their political ideals and concerns for society".

"For the sake of Hong Kong's democracy, they can chain us, but they can never imprison our determination". The judgment comes after they already served community service sentences handed down to them last summer on charges of unlawful assembly.

The sentencing of the three protest leaders capped an emotional week for the city's embattled democracy activists, with one Democratic Party member being accused Tuesday of falsifying an account of abduction and torture by Chinese agents.

Ahead of Thursday's ruling, a tearful crowd of about 100 gathered in the lobby of the court building, chanting support for the student leaders, while pro-Beijing groups demonstrated outside, public broadcaster RTHK reported.

The sentence comes just two days after 13 activists were jailed for an unrelated anti-development protest.

Google Drops Big Update On Productivity Tools
This option strips out the suggested edits and comments to give a clearer picture of what the final product will look like. This feature is available from the three dots menu icon on the bottom right of the screen in all three productivity apps.

But a string of legal interpretations by China's parliament of Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law, as well as cross-border detentions of five Hong Kong booksellers, have left many fearing that the city's traditional freedoms of press and association, and its judicial independence, have been seriously eroded.

Recommended:



Popular

Dead, 32 Injured In Barcelona Van Terror Attack
On Jan. 8, an Arab citizen of Israel truck ran into soldiers in south east Jerusalem, killing one male and three female soldiers. The boulevard runs from the city's Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square) to the Christopher Columbus monument at the seafront.

Lashkar terrorist Ayub Lelhari killed in encounter at Pulwama
Police on Wednesday shot dead a top-ranking Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorist Ayub Lelhari during a brief encounter in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

LG V30 leaked by Evan Blass, shows device at all angles
The Floating Bar will be fully customizable, so users won't have to dread the absence of a secondary display . The V30 nearly looks like the Samsung Galaxy S8 at first glance, but that's just the front of the device.

PlayStation 4 System Software Update 5.0 rolls out today; Details here
If they're viewing the message on their phones through the PlayStation Messages app, the track will play on the Spotify app. This means you won't have to exit your game every time you want to check on the progress of a download for example.

Search Lite: Google is testing a new search app for emerging markets
Users can search for news, images, weather updates, top sites, as well as check out the Nearby and Translate functions. It is important to note that the app is still marked as " experimental ", so these features are subject to change.

Indian, Chinese Army Officers Meet in Leh, One Day After Skirmishes
Dok La is an Indian name for the region where Bhutan called it as Doklam while China claims it as part of Donglang region. They also said that the two sides discussed ways to strengthen existing mechanisms for maintaining peace on the border.

Obama's Charlottesville Tweet Is Most Liked In Twitter History
CORRECTION: This article initially misstated how many likes Trump's Charlottesville tweets from Saturday received. The other two tweets from Obama in this three-part series have 1.4 million and 1.3 million likes respectively.

Diego Costa claims Chelsea team-mates still back him despite Antonio Conte's verdict
At the moment they value Costa at £34m and Chelsea want £59m so there is little hope of a compromise in the coming weeks. Costa was interviewed at home in Brazil on the same day Chelsea lost 3-2 to Burnley on the opening day of the season.

Giancarlo Stanton generated trade interest from 'at least four teams'
Manny Machado hit a grand slam off former teammate Yovani Gallardo as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Seattle Mariners. Stanton has handled the San Francisco Giants so far this season, with four home runs in four games, all Miami wins.

HSI/Canada applauds BC government for banning trophy hunting of grizzly bears
The NDP had promised to end trophy hunting during the campaign - which the Liberals had reinstated 16 years ago, according to the BBC .