US Condemns Sentencing of HK Pro-Democracy Activists, Call Charges ‘Politically Motivated’Epoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

The U.S. Department of State and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) on Friday condemned the recent sentencing and jailing of multiple Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, calling the charges politically motivated and a reflection of declining rights and freedoms in the city. A total of 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were handed sentences and suspended sentences on Friday for their participation in two “unauthorized” protests in Hong Kong in August 2019. The protests were part of a larger series of mass protests throughout 2019 over a proposed bill that would have let the Chinese regime extradite people from Hong Kong, which is supposed to have autonomy. The bill was withdrawn in September 2019. Nine defendants were charged with organizing and joining an “unauthorized” mass protest on Aug. 18, 2019, that saw an estimated 1.7 million people taking part in a peaceful march, defying police orders to keep the protest at a …Read More

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