Hong Kong activists jailed for Tiananmen vigil

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Hong Kong activists jailed for Tiananmen vigil

The crackdown comes after thousands defied a ban to go ahead with the event to commemorate the tragedy

Kari Soo Lindberg

A Hong Kong court handed down fresh jail sentences to democracy activists because of their roles in a vigil to commemorate the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square. 

Albert Ho, a former lawmaker and Democratic Party chief who sought the city’s top job - CEO - in 2012, was sentenced to 10 months on Wednesday for his participation in the unauthorised vigil last year. Ho was among a dozen activists who pleaded guilty last Thursday to charges related to the protest, with seven of them already in jail for other banned political activities. 

Figo Chan, ex-convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, was also handed a 10-month sentence. Former lawmakers Leung “Long Hair” Kwok-hung, Cyd Ho and Yeung Sum received six-month terms. Four other activists got sentences ranging from six to 10 months and three received suspended sentences...

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