Seems they usually appear on Fridays…
Pan-dem figures including Lee Cheuk-yan, Albert Ho, Jimmy Lai, Cyd Ho and ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung are sentenced to prison terms for inciting and/or attending an unauthorized assembly – the march on October 1, 2019.
A chart here shows how sentences for unauthorized assembly have become harsher, from a HK$500 fine 20 years ago to 18-month prison sentences today.
(Does judge Amanda Woodcock bear an uncanny resemblance to Shawnie – the brutalized girl in a novel of the same name, noteworthy for being written partly in Bristolian?)
In the High Court, judge Esther Toh denies Claudia Mo bail in part because of text messages with the BBC, NYT and other international media, which are deemed evidence of ‘continuing’ to ‘endanger national security’. Surely the BBC and other parties in this correspondence must also be suspects? The same judge had previously denied bail to Andrew Wan in part for having called for people to ‘say no to totalitarianism’.
A Hong Kong student is jailed for more than four years for hitting a water barrier with a hiking stick.
Not content with banning the June 4 vigil, the government issues a warning that anyone ‘publicizing’ it might get a year in prison, and anyone ‘attending’ could get five years. The Chinese Communist Party is clearly wetting itself at the thought of people quietly burning candles in Victoria Park. (What about talking about it? Or thinking about it?) It seems you can go there and not burn a candle (unless the cops seal the place off – sounds probable), or be elsewhere and still burn a candle. Seriously hard to work out what threatens national security these days.
The Hong Kong government devises a system whereby people who have been fully vaccinated will be able to travel free of some anti-Covid restrictions. You can tell it’s a local officials’ idea because it applies only to bankers, and the conditions remain so complex and onerous it is of little use anyway.