A court in Hong Kong on Wednesday imprisoned a woman for four and a half years for helping to set fire on the streets during the 2019 protest movement, sparked by plans to allow the extradition of alleged suspects to mainland China.
Siu Lok-ting, 27, was sentenced after being found guilty of two counts of arson and one riot, after the judge considered mitigating factors such as the absence of police attacks.
Siu’s parents were clearly hurt by the saying, to Siu’s father weeping “This society has no mercy! When she was taken away, her partner yelled:” kiss when you are out! “
She will also serve four and a half years in prison, after her diagnosis of depression and anxiety is reviewed, according to the judge.
Siu’s verdict comes a day after veteran democracy campaigner Koo Sze-yiu – who has stage 4 cancer – was jailed for five months for “attending an illegal meeting” .
“Kill the CCP!”
Koo told the court that he would accept the sentence in his attempt, and continue to speak out against the draconian national security law imposed on Hong Kong by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP). July 1, Year 2020.
“Being in prison is part of my life now,” he said. “This is my 11th prison sentence, and I’m expected to have 12 and 13.”
“Next time, I will deliberately violate national security laws, and I won’t expect leniency from the courts.”
Ignoring the judge’s attempt to cut him off, Koo continued: “Human rights are more important than any government, and people are more important than any government.”
“Destroy the CCP! End the dictatorship of the party!”
Collective activist Raphael Wong, who went to court to show support for Koo above TuesdayKoo is a veteran activist who can cope with life in prison. However, there are concerns about his health.
“His comrades in the pro-democracy movement will not be happy about this, because he is sick,” Wong said, adding that Koo was released from prison just days after April 7 release a sentence for “insulting” the Chinese flag.
“I took him to the Lai Chi Kok Reception Center to visit [fellow activist] Long Hair the very next day, because Long Hair was afraid he might… not be by his side after going out on his own, ”Wong said.
“They had a great time chatting.”
Pro-democracy district councilor Bull Tsang said Koo is a veteran of the Hong Kong human rights and pro-democracy movement since the city’s protests after the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. .
“He’s been in jail quite a lot [because of his civil disobedience actions]”Tsang said.” The two most recent are after the 2019 anti-extradition movement. “
“Koo is ready to be in a smaller prison to fight for freedom of speech,” he said. “Meanwhile, seven million Hong Kong residents, including the judges who tried him, are spending time in a larger prison to fight for freedom of expression,” he said.
Koo first joined leftist activism as a young man in Macau, then left to live in more free Hong Kong.
He spent three decades building up protest, mark-up movements June 4, 1989 bloodshed and committed civil disobedience, many of which put him in jail.
Faced with terminal cancer, he recently told Stand News that he has no regrets about how he is spending his time.
Article 17 of the Hong Kong Declaration of Human Rights and Article 27 of the Basic Law of the city both provide that Hong Kong people enjoy the right to freedom of expression, press, association and demonstration.
But imposing national security law and recent changes to Hong Kong’s political system to allow the CCP to control it put an end to the city’s promised freedoms and democracy. restrictions that the city used to enjoy.
Reports by Lau Siu Fung, Fong Tak Ho and Chan Yun Nam to RFA’s Cantonese Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.