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Nine Hong Kong Activists Sentenced to Jail Over 2020 Tiananmen Vigil

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Nine Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were given jail sentences ranging from six to 10 months after pleading guilty to participating in a candlelight vigil in 2020 to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre. Another three people received suspended sentences for the same charge of having participated in the unauthorized assembly in the city’s Victoria Park on June 4, 2020. The normally-annual event was banned in 2020 and 2021 by Hong Kong police, who cited concerns over the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Despite this, thousands of locals defied the ban and gathered for the 2020 vigil to commemorate the events of June 3–4, 1989, that saw potentially hundreds or even thousands of innocent lives lost after the CCP ordered its troops to open fire on pro-democracy activists at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. On Sept. 9, the 12 pro-democracy activists pleaded guilty to having participated in the 2020 vigil. Seven of them were given an additional charge of having incited …

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