3 young pro­test­ers jailed 3 years

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HONG KONG: Three young pro­test­ers were jailed for three years yes­ter­day on “riot” charges for their part in anti-China protests last year as ten­sions rise ahead of a vote for the city’s next leader on March 26.

The three ac­tivists had taken part in the “fish­ball ri­ots” of Fe­bru­ary last year.

“Any­one par­tic­i­pat­ing in such ri­ots needs to un­der­stand there is a cost,” said district court judge Sham Siu-man.

The de­fence had ar­gued the three — two of whom were stu­dents and one re­ported to be a cook — had been ex­press­ing dis­ap­proval of the govern­ment.

But Sham said: “Vi­o­lence is vi­o­lence,” as he de­liv­ered the sen­tence to the grim-faced ac­cused, Hui Ka-ki, 23, Mak Tsz-hei, 20 and Sit Tat-wing, 33, who were then led away. AFP

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