October 24, 2021

Seven Hong Kong Democracy Leaders Have Been Convicted Over the City’s 2019 Protests

Seven Hong Kong Democracy Leaders Have Been Convicted Over the City’s 2019 Protests

Seven Hong Kong Democracy Leaders Have Been Convicted Over the City’s 2019 Protests

BY ZEN SOO / AP
01 April 2021

HONG KONG — Seven Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates were convicted Thursday on charges of organizing and participating in an unlawful assembly during massive anti-government protests in 2019 that triggered a crackdown on dissent.

The seven include media tycoon and founder of the Apple Daily tabloid Jimmy Lai, as well as 82-year-old Martin Lee, a veteran of the city’s democracy movement. Lai had already been held without bail on other charges related to his pro-democracy activities.

They were convicted for their involvement in a protest held on Aug. 18, 2019. Organizers said that 1.7 million people marched that day in opposition to a proposed bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial.

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