HK activist Joshua Wong jailed over banned Tiananmen vigil

Joshua Wong jailed over banned Tiananmen vigil
File photo of Joshua Wong. Source: CARL COURT
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Daily US Times: Joshua Wong, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for participating in an unauthorized vigil marking the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

The annual vigil marking the Tiananmen Square crackdown, which has been held in Hong Kong since 1990, was banned for the first time last year by police citing coronavirus restriction measures.

Despite of warnings, tens of thousands of people including activists, showed up.

The activists that attended, including Joshua Wong, were later charged by police.

The 24-year-old and Hong Kong’s best-known activist internationally – is already in jail for a separate unauthorized assembly conviction under the country’s restrictive national security law.

He was earlier convicted to four months and 13.5 months in jail on two separate charges, which he is still serving.

Mr Wong will now serve an additional 10 months in jail.

Wong had last Friday, along with other prominent young activists Tiffany Yuen, Lester Shum and Jannelle Leung, pleaded guilty for participating in the Tiananmen vigil.

Thursday’s sentencing saw Lester Shum jailed for six months, while the two others have been jailed for four months each.

Hong Kong and Macau are the only parts of mainland China that have been allowed to mark the Tiananmen crackdown.

The Tiananmen vigil was again banned this year, with authorities again citing public health concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, there have been questions over whether or not the vigil will be allowed in Hong Kong again, after China imposed the national security law last year which targets dissent in the city.

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