3 young protesters jailed 3 years
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