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Hong-Kong-Securite: Hong Kong: a activist sentenced to 15 months of prison for a vigil for Tiananmen
by Jessie Pang
Hong Kong (Reuters) - a Hong Kong court sentenced Tuesday a activist at a 15 months imprisonment sentence for encouraged to take part in a rally. Forbidden in tribute to the victims of bloody repression led by the Chinese authorities on Tiananmen Square in Beijing against the pro-democracy movement.
Chow Hang-Tung, 36, a lawyer and a member of the now dissolved alliance of democratic patriotic movements in China, had been arrested on June 3, on the eve of the anniversary of Tiananmen's bloody repression on June 4th 1989.
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For the second year in a row, the police had prohibited the vigil traditionally organized on 4 June in the Chinese Special Administrative Region, citing sanitary grounds because of the coronavirus epidemic.
In the eyes of many activists, however, this prohibition was part of efforts to extinguish the protest against the power in Beijing, as a result of the vast protest protests of 2019. The authorities rejected any link.
Despite the prohibition, thousands of people had lit candles across the city on June 4, 2020, and a smaller number had made the same last year.
The magistrate Amy Chan said that Chow Hang-tung publications on social networks were intended to "encourage, convince and put pressure on members of the public" so that they take part in an illicit gathering. She denounced the "public health risk" that this gathering was formed.
Chow Hang-Tung, who pleaded not guilty, assured wanting to "encourage others to remember on June 4" and not encourage gathering.
as seven other activists, Chow Hang-Tung had been sentenced last month to imprisonment, 12 months, for his involvement in the vigil of 2020. It will serve a total of 22 months' imprisonment. , while the principle of confusion of sentences will apply for five months of sentencing on Tuesday.
(Report Jessie Pang, written by Marius Zaharia; French version Jean Terzian)
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