Dong Ying-Kid, 24, of Hong Kong, was convicted on Tuesday, July 27, of “terrorism” and “incitement to separatism” during the first national trial in Hong Kong to disagree under Beijing’s strict National Security Act. This decision sets a legal precedent, confirming that some political slogans in this region are now illegal, which is expected to enjoy unknown freedoms in other parts of China.
Mr. Dong, who was an employee of the business, was charged with riding a motorcycle with three police officers on the 1stThere is July 2020, the day the National Security Act came into force. Then he waved a flag that was engraved “Liberation of Hong Kong: The Revolution of Our Time”, A formula that has established itself as the main slogan of the massive mass mobilization that took place in 2019.
Mr. Dong was found guilty by a three-judge panel on Tuesday of waving a flag and chanting slogans. “Able to motivate others to act separatist”, So it is illegal. On the charge of terrorism, the magistrates considered the facts to be established because, by rushing over the police, the accused “Seriously Dangerous Public Safety”. His sentence will be pronounced later. He faces a life sentence.
The case, which lasted two weeks, took place without an arbitral tribunal, which has a real gap with the Hong Kong legal tradition. Three judges were elected by the Hong Kong administration to decide cases related to national security.
More than 60 people have been charged under the National Security Act, which has emerged as a key tool in China’s repression of the pro-democracy movement. Notable among those prosecuted under this harsh text Media mogul Jimmy Loy, Former boss of a pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily. Most of them have been denied bail and are awaiting trial behind bars.
Mr. Tong’s case is relatively unusual because he is one of the few people who has been openly prosecuted for violence. Most of the accused were arrested for expressing political views.
Since the enactment of this law, the former British colony, though renowned for its excellent freedom of thought and entrepreneurship, has suddenly lost many of the characteristics that fundamentally distinguished it from other parts of China. All key leaders of the opposition movement have been arrested. Apple Daily Closed, electoral system reformed, meetings banned, many films or books censored, citizens on file …
The policy of “one country, two organizations” that led to the handover in 1997 confused the city, buried its democratic aspirations and accelerated the process of being described locally as Hong Kong’s “mainland”.