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US News Hong Kong: the laborious trial of 47 pro-democracy activists

23:20  03 march  2021
23:20  03 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Sur les bancs des accusés, des avocats, des députés, des universitaires et de jeunes militants. Hong Kong, le 2 mars 2021. © AP - Kin Cheung On the benches of the defendants, lawyers, deputies, academics and young activists. Hong Kong, March 2, 2021.

In Hong Kong, around fifty pro-democracy activists are currently on trial for having organized unofficial primaries for the legislative elections scheduled for September 2020 and finally suspended.

Normally, such pre-trial detention hearings are a matter of hours. But nothing seems more normal in Hong Kong where China imposes its law. These have already been going on for three days. The court seems overwhelmed by the large number of defendants - there are 47 of them. They include lawyers, MPs, academics and young activists, like the iconic Joshua Wong.

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All are accused of "conspiracy to commit an act of subversion" for having organized the primary of the opposition last July, in view of the parliamentary elections scheduled for September and then finally postponed. The vote was a huge success, with the participation of 600,000 voters. But Beijing saw it as "a serious provocation".

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The prosecution requests pre-trial detention for three months in order to consolidate the cases. The defense pleads for release on bail. The hearings are real marathons, because the magistrates have a lot to do with the new law on national security, the terms of which are very vague. The result: in the middle of the night on Tuesday, local elected representative Clarisse Yeung passed out after 15 hours of hearings. Three other defendants had to be hospitalized.

Several thousand pro democracy activists have been arrested since 2019. One way to ensure that only “convinced patriots” run Hong Kong. Understand: those who submit to Beijing's will.

Thailand: Pro-democracy demonstration in Bangkok against the law on the crime of lese-majesté .
Heaps of junk were even deposited in front of the court and set on fire by some demonstrators © Sakchai Lalit / AP / SIPA Pro-democracy activists demonstrate in front of the court in Bangkok (Thailand) in early March 2021 against the lese majesté law and the constitution.

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