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Hong Kong Convicts 14 Pro-Democracy Activists in National Security Trial as Authorities Expand Arrests

HeadlineMay 30, 2024

In Hong Kong, a court has found 14 pro-democracy activists guilty of subversion in the largest national security trial since China imposed the highly contested law in 2020. Two people were acquitted. The group was part of a case involving 47 pro-democracy activists and politicians who were accused of holding unofficial primary elections. The 31 others previously pleaded guilty.

The verdict comes as Hong Kong made its first arrests under the national security law over social media posts deemed as “seditious.” One of those charged is Chow Hang-tung, who used to organize large Tiananmen vigils before they were outlawed. Chow was already in custody on related charges. Here she is speaking in 2021.

Chow Hang-tung: “The government always criticizes us, the activists, the pro-democracy camp, for destabilizing Hong Kong. I think it’s the government, it’s the national security law, that’s destabilizing Hong Kong. It’s destroying the environment of stability, of security, that people have been living in.”

The 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre is coming up next Tuesday, June 4.

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