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Thu May 6, 2021, 07:49 AM

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong sentenced for Tiananmen vigil

Source: AP

HONG KONG (AP) — Prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was sentenced to more jail time Thursday for participating in an unauthorized vigil to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as Hong Kong authorities exert more control over dissent in the city.

For years, Hong Kong was the only place in China where people were allowed to mark the anniversary of Beijing’s crushing of the Chinese democracy movement.

Despite the commemoration being banned for the first time last year, thousands of protesters defied authorities and proceeded to Victoria Park to light candles and sing songs. Police who were present at the vigil warned the protesters they may be breaking the law but made no arrests on the day itself.

Wong and three district councilors had pleaded guilty to knowingly taking part in an unauthorized assembly, and could have faced a maximum of five years in prison. Twenty other people face charges over the Tiananmen vigil but have not entered pleas.

In this June 4, 2020, photo, democracy activist Joshua Wong, center, and Nathan Law, left, hold candles during a vigil to remember the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. Wong will face an additional 10 months in jail for participating in an unauthorized Tiananmen vigil held last year to commemorate the 1989 crackdown on protesters in Beijing, as Hong Kong authorities continue tightening control over dissent in the city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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