/ 28 July 2021

Hong Kong conviction another blow to freedom

Tong Ying-kit, a 24yo waiter who was the first person to be charged under Hong Kong’s National Security Law, has been found guilty of inciting secession and terrorism. He was one of the millions of pro-democracy protestors in 2019, but he came to the attention of authorities after riding his motorbike into a group of police while carrying a flag with the words ‘Liberate Hong Kong’. For that, he faces life in prison. Since China forced through the law that prevents protest in Hong Kong at the start of last year, more than 100 people have been charged. And since the start of 2020, Hongkonger’s freedom of speech, the freedom of their media, and their right to choose their own pollies have been taken away as China makes the territory “safe”. Reports say there was “utter silence” when the verdict was read out to Tong yesterday.

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