The Dallas Morning News

Hong Kong sentences democracy leaders

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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 anti-government 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.

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