Hong Kong activists, Jimmy Lai, Convicted for Tiananmen Vigil

The founder of the disbanded pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai, has been found guilty for taking part in a banned Tiananmen vigil, local media reported on Thursday.

Lai, lawyer and co-organiser Chow Hang Tung, and activist Gwyneth Ho were all convicted on charges of unlawful assembly.

Authorities charged 24 former politicians and activists over the candlelight vigil held on June 4, 2020, in commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

All 24 were convicted.

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According to the South China Morning Post, ten out of the twenty-four convicted have received prison sentences of up to ten months and three have each received suspended sentences.

The sentences for everyone else were due to be announced on Monday.

Lai, 73, is currently serving a prison sentence on separate charges for his role in unauthorised assemblies during the 2019 anti-government protests.

For the past two years, the Police have banned the candlelight event, which draws large crowds, citing health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason.

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Critics, however, saw the ban as part of a wider crackdown on dissent in the city, following anti-government protests earlier in 2020.

The protests have since been stamped out following the imposition of a national security law by Beijing.

Hong Kong’s security law frequently targets pro-democracy opposition and opposes activities that Beijing considers subversive, separatist, terrorist or conspiratorial.

In the view of critics, it serves to silence the opposition and cements the power of the Communist Party.


Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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