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HK court finds nine leading Umbrella Movement activists GUILTY

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    Post HK court finds nine leading Umbrella Movement activists GUILTY

    HKFP: Leading Hong Kong Umbrella Movement activists found guilty of public nuisance


    ... nine activists charged with varying levels of public nuisance and incitement, which come with a maximum jail sentence of seven years. All previously pleaded not guilty.


    Legal scholar Benny Tai
    – conspiracy to commit public nuisance: guilty
    – incitement to commit public nuisance: guilty
    – incitement to incite public nuisance: not guilty

    Sociology professor Chan Kin-man
    – conspiracy to commit public nuisance: guilty
    – incitement to commit public nuisance: guilty
    – incitement to incite public nuisance: not guilty

    Reverend Chu Yiu-ming
    – conspiracy to commit public nuisance: guilty
    – incitement to commit public nuisance: not guilty
    – incitement to incite public nuisance: not guilty

    Lawmaker Tanya Chan
    – incitement to commit public nuisance: guilty
    – incitement to incite public nuisance: guilty

    Lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun
    – incitement to commit public nuisance: guilty
    – incitement to incite public nuisance: guilty

    Former student leader Tommy Cheung
    – incitement to commit public nuisance: guilty
    – incitement to incite public nuisance: guilty

    Former student leader Eason Chung
    – incitement to commit public nuisance: guilty
    – incitement to incite public nuisance: guilty

    Activist Raphael Wong
    – incitement to commit public nuisance: guilty
    – incitement to incite public nuisance: guilty

    Democratic Party veteran Lee Wing-tat
    – incitement to commit public nuisance: guilty

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    HKFP: Hong Kong’s last colonial leader calls Umbrella Movement verdicts ‘appallingly divisive,’ as int’l NGOs decry charges
    Our round-up of reactions:


    Lord Patten of Barnes, the last UK Governor of Hong Kong:

    At a time when most people would have thought that the aim of the Hong Kong Government should be to bring the whole community together it seems appallingly divisive to use anachronistic common law charges in a vengeful pursuit of political events which took place in 2014.

    Amnesty International Hong Kong:

    Today’s guilty verdicts are a crushing blow for freedom of expression and peaceful protest in Hong Kong. The government has used vague charges in their relentless persecution of the Umbrella Nine. The government is increasingly using prosecutions as a political tool to target peaceful activists… We urge the government to cease this chilling assault against people legitimately exercising their right to freedom of expression.

    Gyde Jensen, Chair of the German Bundestag Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid:

    It is alarming that human rights activists and pro-democracy leaders are increasingly at risk in Hong Kong. We cannot accept that protestors are intimidated when they exercise their right to freedom of expression and to peaceful demonstration.

    Martin Patzelt, CDU member of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid and the Committee Rapporteur for freedom of expression:

    I condemn the use of outdated and bad legislation against proponents of democratic values and principles. The laws were already severely criticised by the United Nations Human Rights Committee for curtailing freedom of expression. As rapporteur for freedom of the press and expression I believe strongly that freedom of expression is an important asset that needs to be protected. This kind of intimations against people demonstrating from freedoms harm the positive development of Hong Kong. I appeal to China to comply with their commitments and preserve the high degree of autonomy including an independent judiciary, freedom of the press and freedom of expression. I therefore demand of China the immediate stop this campaign of political prosecution by the Hong Kong government and demand from the international community support of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong.

    U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:

    Since the 2014 Umbrella Movement, the Communist Chinese Government has increased its interference in Hong Kong’s affairs and the Hong Kong government has been complicit in actively suppressing political participation and speech. The past year has been particularly troubling, as Hong Kong’s autonomy under the ‘one country, two systems’ framework—on which U.S.-Hong Kong relations depend—continues to be eroded. The charges and verdicts against the ‘Umbrella Nine’ effectively punish peaceful political dissent and narrow the space for free expression and peaceful assembly. We urge the Hong Kong government to vigorously defend the rule of law and the freedoms on which Hong Kong’s many economic successes have been built.

    More to follow.

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    inciting to incite ...

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    When in Hong Kong, do as the Chinese do

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    Anything to do with Public Nuisance they were bound to be found GUILTY.

    Clog up the roads then you're causing public nuisance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckster007
    Anything to do with Public Nuisance they were bound to be found GUILTY.

    Clog up the roads then you're causing public nuisance.
    Unless you are a taxi driver, a public official or a member of the CCP.......
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    Organising mass events for hundreds of people for a few days require a tremendous amount of resources and people. Including very generous financial support.

    The OC (as in the case of the 1989 Tiananmen Event) involved tens of thousands of people and lasted for weeks, was implemented by professional organisations and multi-million dollar funding supports. State sponsorships were obvious. Be wise.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Huaqiao
    Organising mass events for hundreds of people for a few days require a tremendous amount of resources and people. Including very generous financial support.

    The OC (as in the case of the 1989 Tiananmen Event) involved tens of thousands of people and lasted for weeks, was implemented by professional organisations and multi-million dollar funding supports. State sponsorships were obvious. Be wise.
    Who pays you to write this drivel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huaqiao
    Organising mass events for hundreds of people for a few days require a tremendous amount of resources and people. Including very generous financial support.

    The OC (as in the case of the 1989 Tiananmen Event) involved tens of thousands of people and lasted for weeks, was implemented by professional organisations and multi-million dollar funding supports. State sponsorships were obvious. Be wise.
    If you have ever participated in any spontaneous public protest before you would know that what you wrote is simply drivel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    Who pays you to write this drivel?
    To their credit, this time around it was not a copy paste WITH FORMATTING from a doc.

    The young padawan is learning the dark arts..
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