Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

Hong Kong democracy leaders get jail time


HONG KONG — A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing and participat­ing in a massive march during 2019 antigovern­ment protests that triggered an overwhelmi­ng crackdown from Beijing.

A total of nine advocates were given jail terms, but four of them, including 82-year-old lawyer and former lawmaker Martin Lee, had their sentences suspended after their age and accomplish­ments were taken into considerat­ion.

They were found guilty earlier this month of organizing and participat­ing in a massive protest in August 2019, where an estimated 1.7 million people marched in opposition to a bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China. The march was not authorized by the police.

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