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Prison sentences handed down for three prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists

MADRID, 11 Mar.

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Prison sentences handed down for three prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists

MADRID, 11 Mar. (EUROPA PRESS) -

A Hong Kong court has handed down four-and-a-half-month prison terms against three members of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of China's Patriotic Democratic Movements, a now-illegal organization that vindicated the memory of the victims of the China riot. 1989 Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

The three defendants are Chow Hang-Tung --vice president of the group--, Tang Ngok-Kwan and Tsui Hon-Kwong --members of its board of directors--, who did not appear to give information to the Police about an open investigation in 2021, reports Hong Kong public television RTHK.

The organization was classified as a foreign agent and its members were required to provide all information about members, assets and sources of income, but they did not respond to these requirements, according to the court's ruling.

The penalty includes release on bail pending a possible appeal by the defendants and provided they agree to "restrict their speech."

Two other members of the organization had previously been sentenced to three months in jail after pleading guilty to the same crimes under the controversial National Security Law for incitement to subversion of state power. The group was outlawed in 2021.

Shortly before the Chow sentence was announced, he stressed that they will continue to fight injustice "whether it be on the street, in court or in a calda", he indicated.

The organization organized events in memory of the victims of the Tiananmen crackdown and had a museum with material from what happened. These acts are now prohibited.