Fiji Sun

Hong Kong jails top independen­ce leader for six years


Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s leading independen­ce activist was jailed for six years on Monday for his involvemen­t in some of the city’s worst protest violence for decades. Edward Leung was convicted in May of rioting over the 2016 running battles with police, when demonstrat­ors hurled bricks torn up from pavements and set rubbish alight in the commercial district of Mong Kok.

Handing down his jail term, Judge Anthea Pang said Mr Leung actively participat­ed in the riots and described his actions as “wanton and vicious”.

The 27-year-old was already in custody after pleading guilty in January to a separate charge of assaulting a Police officer during the 2016 clashes.

He was sentenced to one year in jail on that count, with the two terms to be served concurrent­ly.

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