Three Hong Kong activists face penalties up to five years in jail after having declared guilty to intervene in the long Y violent siege to a Police station during last year’s protests in the former colony. The court has ordered to keep in custody Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam Y Agnes Chow until the sentence is published next Wednesday.
The first two have changed their statement before the six-day oral phase of the trial begins after being convinced by their lawyers that it was the most reasonable option. Wong has admitted that he organized an illegal assembly and incited the masses to join. Lam has also acknowledged the incitement charge while Chow had previously pleaded guilty.
The facts that are judged this week correspond only to June 21 but the attacks at police stations they integrated the daily liturgy of the protests. Protesters milled in front of the facilities to prevent officers from entering and leaving, throwing eggs and stones, and setting fires at their doors. The anti-government activists and the police clashed for seven months in the streets of the former colony exchanging tear gas for bricks and Molotov cocktails until exhaustion, the coronavirus and the new Security Law promulgated from Beijing restored calm.
“Although they are guilty, I hope that the court will take into account their degree of participation in the events,” said the lawyer for two of the accused. All three took it for granted that they would end up in the jail and they have adjusted their procedural strategy to achieve shorter sentences. The accused have benefited from the fact that the events occurred before the entry into force of the National Security Law, which provides even life imprisonment for the most aggravated version of those charges. The law, which also condemns independence and collaboration with foreign forces, advised Wong to dissolve on the run Demosisto, his political formation.
“Our case is relatively irrelevant,” he said today at the courthouse gates. “Under the continuous campaign of repression against the citizens of Hong Kong, generations of young people go from the protests to the prison to safeguard the freedom of the place where they were born, “he continued.
Wong is an old acquaintance of the Hong Kong activist and political scene despite his scant 24 years. He began in his teens in social campaigns and soon led to the fight against the growing influence of the interior in local affairs. He built his reputation as a leader during the Revolt of the Paraguayes, microphone in hand among the masses, in that five-year movement behind whose embers arose the protests of last year. He has already passed through jail and is as glossed as an indesmayable fighter for freedom by one half of the population as reviled by the other, who sees him as an agent at the service of foreign powers to destabilize Hong Kong and he does not forgive him for his refusal to condemn even the most violent episodes of the protesters.
The past protests sacrificed leadership to avoid convictions but the foreign press continued to resort to his media figure and it was difficult to get a few minutes between him. barrage of requests.
Wong it is another symptom of the unsolvable social polarization. Some are grateful that the Security Law has brought peace to a territory that was consumed in flames for almost a year, with almost daily fights that devastated the economy and coexistence. Others judge it as the last nail in the coffin of the formula “one country, two systems & rdquor; that shields the freedoms and rights that distinguish it from the rest of China.