Cell punishment for leaders massive protest Hong Kong

Nine leaders of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong have been sentenced to prison for organising a mass demonstration in 2019.

For example, media mogul Jimmy Lai (72) has been sentenced to 12 months in prison and former lawyer Martin Lee (82) was sentenced to eleven months on probation. Lee was one of the founders of the Democratic Party in the 1990s.

Another got 18 months and two lawyers got 12 months probation.

Extradition

The demonstration took place on 18 August 2019, when hundreds of thousands of residents of the former British Crown Colony demonstrated against the Chinese government and the pro-Chinese administration of the city and, in particular, against a law that allowed the extradition of suspects to China.

This so-called security law was passed last June and the opposition movement in Hong Kong has now largely been silenced.