Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam sentenced. Twenty policemen arrest Baptist University student
by Paul Wang

The three Democrat leaders were sentenced to prison: 13.5 months for Wong; 10 months for Chow; 7 months for Lam. At 7 am this morning, a raid by 20 policemen led to the arrest of university student Keith Fong Chung-yin. His crime is possession of laser lights and obstruction of justice. The Baptist University Student Association: "Since the passing of the security law, the communist authorities in Hong Kong have been carrying out large-scale retaliation and disseminating terror in the city."


Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The three democracy leaders Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam (photos 1 and 2) were sentenced this afternoon to 13.5 months, 10 months and 7 months respectively in prison.

The sentence is due to their role in promoting an anti-government protest, besieging the police headquarters in Wan Chai on 21 June. The three had long ago decided to plead guilty to raise public awareness of the repression taking place in Hong Kong against the democracy movement.

Their defence attorneys asked the court for leniency, considering the young age of the three and the fact that they did not participate in any violence.

Wong, 24, and Lam, 26, had previously been in prison. For Chow, 23, this is the first time to be imprisoned.

So far the Hong Kong police have arrested over 10 thousand people, mostly young people, for crimes related to democracy demonstrations. According to observers, the police are also looking for petty crimes to arrest members of the movement and stop the wave of criticism of China.

This morning at 7 am, a raid by 20 policemen led to the arrest of Keith Fong Chung-yin, a student of Baptist University (photo 3). Fong is the head of the university's student association. He is charged with obstructing justice and the purchase of offensive weapons.

The "offensive weapons" are said to be laser lights that Fong allegedly bought and used, along with other students, during last year's democracy demonstrations. At those rallies, many used laser lights - red, green or blue - to blur the vision of the police or to dazzle people who wanted to take photos of the demonstrators. Police later ruled that the laser lights were " offensive weapons".

The student leader was already arrested last August for purchasing 10 laser lights. His arrest had provoked many protests and he had been released. A month later Fong was arrested for possessing a non-US transport credit card (Octopus). Fong said he found it in a lost wallet and was released again.

The accusation of obstruction of justice is perhaps due to the fact that Fong deleted a lot of sensitive data from his mobile phone, contrary to the instructions of the police.

The Baptist University Students' Association condemned "the indiscriminate arrest of members of the association". "Since the security law was passed - it is said - the communist authorities in Hong Kong have been carrying out large-scale retaliation and disseminating terror in the city".

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