Growing crackdown in Hong Kong Also on Wednesday, prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong was jailed for more than 13 months for his role in an unlawful anti-government rally in 2019. It marked the toughest and most high-profile sentencing of an opposition figure this year. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong: Jimmy Lai, pro-democracy tycoon, in custody on fraud charge
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China sends 'signal' to the world Avery Ng, a veteran activist in Hong Kong and the general secretary of the League of Social Democrats party, told DW he expects the jailed activists will face "a tough legal battle." According to Ng, the Chinese government is using the sentencing "to send a strong cautionary signal not just to Hong Kong but to the world that no matter how much support you have in the public or in the international community, they are going to […] keep on suppressing the dissidents with an iron fist." … [Read more...] about Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two others jailed for role in pro-democracy protests
Mr Wong, who electrified crowds with his calls for civil disobedience, now finds himself back behind bars on charges related to unauthorised assembly in 2019 against a government ban on face masks. If convicted, this will be the third time he has been jailed since 2017. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protests: Who is Joshua Wong, the poster child of the resistance movement?
The move followed months of civil unrest in the city in 2019, when protesters opposed a controversial bill that would have allowed extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China. The protests, which sometimes turned violent, eventually morphed into a call for greater democracy and an inquiry into allegations of police brutality. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong just lost a splashy tech conference to Kuala Lumpur
Lai was arrested at his home in August and charged with suspicion of colluding with a foreign country under the city’s new national security law imposed by China. Hours after his arrest, more than 100 police officers raided the headquarters of Lai’s Next Digital company, which publishes the newspaper Apple Daily. The newspaper livestreamed the raid on its website, showing officers roaming the newsroom as they rummaged through reporters’ files, while Lai was led through the newsroom in handcuffs. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong Publishing Tycoon, Pro-Democracy Activist Arrested Again