In August 2019, seven democracy supporters have been convicted for illegally gathering and participating in anti-government protests in Hong Kong. The seven people include Jimmy Lai, the founder and famous journalist of the Apple Daily newspaper, and Martin Lee, 82, who spearheaded the democracy campaign in the city.
The seven people include Jimmy Lai, the founder and famous journalist of the Apple Daily newspaper, and Martin Lee, 82, who spearheaded the democracy campaign in the city. These activists have been convicted for their involvement in the demonstrations on August 18, 2019.
Some of these activists have been granted bail on the condition of not going out of Hong Kong and handing over their travel documents. At the same time, some other cases are still in custody. Further hearing on the case will be held on April 16, when a petition to reduce the sentence will be heard and then the sentence will be announced. Penalties for unlawful gathering and rioting in Hong Kong can carry a sentence of up to 10 years.
Before the hearing on the case, many supporters shouted slogans outside the court. The organizers of the said demonstration said that 17 lakh people took out a march that day against a proposed bill of China. The proposed bill provided for the extradition of any criminal suspect to China for trial.
There were widespread demonstrations against this extradition bill in Hong Kong in 2019. The bill was eventually withdrawn, but people continued to protest, demanding full democracy and other demands, and at times violence between protesters and police.