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Hong Kong: China jails activists who fled for Taiwan by speedboat


A court in #Shenzhen, #China, on #Wednesday imprisoned 10 pro-democracy activists who tried to flee #Hong #Kong by speedboat and deported back home two minors who were with them.

The big picture: #Coast guards caught the group in #August 45 miles southeast of #Hong #Kong #Island on their way to #Taiwan, which has become a refuge for the city’s pro-democracy exiles, per the #New #York #Times.

  • #Tang #Kai #Yin, 31, and #Quinn #Moon 33, were sentenced to three and two years in prison, respectively, for organizing the escape attempt. #Eight others charged with illegally crossing a boundary were jailed for seven months.
  • Their trial lasted only one day and took place with few public witnesses, the #Guardian notes.

#Why it matters: #It’s the latest example of #China cracking down on those associated with #Hong #Kong’s pro-democracy movement since imposing a national security law on the former #British territory last summer.

  • #Prominent #Hong #Kong activists #Joshua #Wong, #Agnes #Chow and #Ivan #Lam were handed prison sentences earlier after pleading guilty to charges of organizing and inciting an unauthorised assembly during last year’s massive protests.
  • #Meanwhile, #Hong #Kong media tycoon #Jimmy #Lai has been charged on suspicion of “colluding with foreign forces” under the security law.
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#Go deeper: #Hong #Kong’s worst case scenario is happening

#Editor’s note: #This article has been updated with more details on the trial and further context.





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