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Three Hong Kong democratic activists found guilty over 1989 protests

16:56, 09 December 2021
Three Hong Kong democratic activists found guilty over 1989 protests Photo: Helmut Baar/imageBROKER.com/Global Look Press

A group of well-known pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong were found guilty of marking the events of 1989 that took place in Tiananmen Square.


The marking of the promises given by China to Hong Kong were annually held until 2020 when the Chinese government suddenly stopped allowing them.

Many democratic activists were arrested in the span of recent months and the newly arrested activists made the pro-democratic movement even weaker.

The arrested are media tycoon Jimmy Lai, advocate Chow Hang-tung and a former politician Gwyneth Ho.

Most of the blame went on Lai who called a "deliberate act to rally support for and publicly spotlight the unauthorised assembly that followed."

Chow who was also the former leader of the now disbanded Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movement in China said in court that the defendants are not guilty as the annual marking was part of their "their right, their freedom."

The situation in Hong Kong began getting worse following the 2019 mass protests when the security law was imposed.

Freedoms of pro-democratic activists and politicians dwindled after the introduction of the law.