Published:  10:34 AM, 06 May 2021

HK activist Joshua Wong jailed over Tiananmen vigil

HK activist Joshua Wong jailed over Tiananmen vigil

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for participating in an unauthorised vigil marking the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

The annual vigil, which has been held in Hong Kong since 1990, was banned for the first time last year by police citing virus measures.

Nevertheless, tens of thousands of people including activists, showed up.

The activists that attended, including Wong, were later charged by police.

Wong - aged 24 and Hong Kong's best-known activist internationally - is already in prison for a separate unauthorizd assembly conviction under the country's restrictive national security law.

He was earlier convicted to 13.5 months and four months in jail on two separate charges, which he is still serving.

He will now serve an additional 10 months in jail.

Wong had last Friday, along with other prominent young activists Lester Shum, Tiffany Yuen and Jannelle Leung, pleaded guilty for participating in the Tiananmen vigil.

Thursday's sentencing saw Shum jailed for six months, while the two others have been jailed for four months each.

Hong Kong and Macau are the only parts of China that have been allowed to mark the Tiananmen crackdown.

The Tiananmen vigil was again banned this year, with officials again citing public health concerns.

However, there have been questions over whether or not the vigil will be allowed in Hong Kong again, after Beijing imposed the national security law last year which targets dissent in the city.

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