Thu. Dec 2nd, 2021

A Hong Kong court on Nov. 11 handed down a nearly six-year prison sentence to a pro-democracy protester, after ruling that he had violated a Beijing-imposed national security law through certain nonviolent acts, including chanting protest slogans. Former delivery man Ma Chun-man, 31, dubbed “Captain America 2.0” for wielding the superhero’s shield during protests, was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for incitement to secession. His conviction was the second under the security law, imposed by the Chinese regime last June. Ma is the first to be sentenced under the law solely for his speech. A district court judge in October found Ma guilty of inciting secession due to the slogans he chanted, such as the popular pro-democracy chant “liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” the placards he held, and statements he made to media. Ma had pleaded not guilty and did not testify. During the …

Author: Dorothy Li

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