Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam have been sentenced to jail on Wednesday on fees associated to an unauthorized anti-government protest final 12 months on the metropolis’s police headquarters.
Wong, who pleaded responsible to organizing and collaborating within the protest, acquired 13 half of months behind bars. Chow, who additionally pleaded responsible to collaborating within the protest and inciting others to participate, acquired 10 months, whereas Lam acquired seven months after pleading responsible to incitement.
The protest occurred on June 21 final 12 months, and noticed 1000’s encompass the police headquarters as they demonstrated in opposition to extreme power by police in opposition to protesters, in addition to a now-withdrawn extradition invoice that might have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China.
The jailing of the trio, recognized for his or her advocacy for democracy in Hong Kong each at residence and overseas, comes as Beijing tightens management over the semi-autonomous metropolis following months of anti-government protests final 12 months, which sometimes noticed violent clashes between protesters and police. In June, Beijing imposed a sweeping nationwide safety regulation on Hong Kong to crack down on dissent.
It’s the first time that Chow, 23, has been given a jail sentence. Wong, 24, and Lam, 26, had beforehand been jailed over fees associated to their activism.