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China Sentences Hong Kong Activists Who Fled by Boat to Up to 3 Years; Tony Chung Gets 4 Months for Protest

HeadlineDec 30, 2020

A Chinese court has sentenced 10 Hong Kong activists to between seven months and three years in jail for illegally crossing the border. Two minors who are part of the group of 12 activists were returned to Hong Kong to face a court there. The 12 were arrested at sea in August after they allegedly tried to reach Taiwan by boat.

In related news, 19-year-old activist Tony Chung was sentenced to four months in prison for insulting China’s flag and unlawful assembly at a 2019 protest against the Chinese extradition law. Chung was arrested in October near the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, where he reportedly was planning to request asylum. He also faces charges of secession, which carries a possible life sentence under the new national security law.

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