Hong Kong – A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced two men and a woman to several years in prison for attacking a Chinese state media reporter during a protest that paralyzed the region’s international airport in 2019.
According to one of the defendants, he was sentenced to four years and three months to five and a half years in connection with the protest movement that surrounded Hong Kong that year.
The attack occurred during a draw-out Airport possession In August 2019, hundreds of flights were canceled by vengeful protesters and crippled one of the world’s busiest transit centers for two days.
As the tension increased At least a dozen people surrounded Fu Guohao, a reporter for the nationalist tabloid Global Times, owned by China’s ruling Communist Party, among protesters, police officials and supporters of Hong Kong’s government.
29-year-old Mr Fu claimed to be a tourist, but protesters suspected his identity. Prosecutors said they started beating and killing her, and tied her up with a zip and put light in her eyes.
Judge Lee Hing-nin said that CCTV and media footage of the incident proved the crime of the three defendants: Lai Yun-Long, 20; Amy Pat Wai-fan, 25; And Ho Ka-lok, 30. Judge Lee stated that in one episode the fourth defendant was acquitted, his role in the episode was not clear from the video.
Judge li wrote Under his rule Defendants in the crowd had tried to “incite and incite feelings of hatred” on Mr Fu’s behalf, and expressed apprehension that they would inspire others to “destroy the peace of society.”
The protests, which began in June 2019, were established by a proposal to allow extradition from Hong Kong, a former British colony, which returned to Chinese control in 1997, in mainland China and elsewhere. They soon developed into widespread demonstrations against the Chinese government, marked several times by fierce indignation and outright aggression towards anyone. Seen as associated with the mainland.
Some protesters later apologized for their behavior during the airport protests. He said that Hong Kong police used undercover officers to infiltrate their ranks, making them fearful and suspicious.
Mr. Fu made a derogatory remark to the protesters – “I support the Hong Kong Police.” Now you can attack me ”- became a nationalist meme on China’s heavily censored Internet run by the Global Times and other state-run media outlets, which portrayed the protest movement as particularly violent.
The protests have since been brought to an end by the epidemic and comprehensive national security legislation that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong last June, under which broad categories of dissent have been made illegal and many protesters, politicians and others. Has been arrested.
Mr. Ho was sentenced to five years and six months in prison on Friday, five years and three months to Mr. Lai and four years and three months to Ms. Pat. He was convicted of a mixture of charges that included rioting, assault and unlawful imprisonment.
Ms. Pat’s lawyer, Wong Sez Hai, said that to her knowledge, the sentences were the longest in relation to the protests. Previously, a keeper was sentenced to four years.
Hong Kong police sentenced. “The riots at such an important place not only hurt the victims, but also humiliated the people of Hong Kong,” Cheung Man Hon, a senior inspector, told a news conference on Friday. “This sentence reflects the severity of the riot and will certainly have a deterrent effect.”
Elsie Chen contributed to the research.