FAST FIVE: First Hong Konger Jailed Under Freedom-Crushing National Security Law Gets 9 Years
First Hong Konger Jailed Under Freedom-Crushing National Security Law Gets 9 Years Tong Ying-kit, the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrator who was convicted earlier this week for riding his motorbike into a crowd of Hong Kong police while carrying the Hong Kong liberation flag, has just been sentenced to nine years in prison, the first Tong was arrested in July 2020, and he is the first of the more than 100 people arrested for their involvement in the demonstrations (which, at their peak, brought 2.2MM Hong Kongers out into the streets).
According to the BBC, the hefty sentence “set the tone for how future cases might be interpreted,” according to BBC.
The arrests began after Beijing imposed a new national security law on Hong Kong, using a loophole in the Basic Law, the quasi-constitution that governs (or rather, once governed) the former British colony.
Much of Tong's 15-day trial focused on the meaning of “Liberate Hong Kong revolution in our times,” the slogan written on Tong's flag.
However, one Hong Kong lawyer explained that the sentence is well within the guidelines of the new national security law, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.