Grandma Wong, fixture of Hong Kong protests, jailed for 8 months | Politics News

The veteran activist served two quick phrases in jail in July 2021 and in April this yr.

A Hong Kong courtroom has discovered veteran activist Alexandra Wong, higher identified to the world as “Grandma Wong”, responsible of two counts of unlawful meeting touchdown her again in jail for eight months.

The Justice of the Peace on Wednesday mentioned Wong’s flag-waving was a logo of encouragement that incited different protesters and cited the “scale and disruption” of the 2019 protests as a part of his sentencing issues.

As a veteran activist, Wong, 66, has been out and in of the courts over the previous few years for her political actions in Hong Kong. Her newest case issues a protest in August 2019 the place Wong reportedly uttered “unlawful phrases”.

Wong was a frequent fixture on the months-long democracy protests that yr typically noticed carrying a British flag – a logo of the town’s colonial previous.

Wong reportedly modified her plea to not responsible shortly earlier than her trial started.

The sentence won’t see Wong for the primary time in jail. She served two quick phrases in July 2021 and once more in April this yr for individually obstructing a police officer and assaulting a safety guard throughout protests.

Grandma Wong, wrapped in a Hong Kong colonial-era flag, is taken away by two Hong Kong police after protesting on July 1, the day marking the territory's handover to China
The Justice of the Peace particularly talked about Wong’s flag-waving in jailing her for eight months [File: Peter Parks/AFP]

Wong additionally disappeared in the course of the 2019 democracy protests for 14 months whereas visiting Shenzhen, a Chinese language metropolis simply over the border.

Wong later informed the media she was held in administrative after which prison detention for weeks, throughout which era she was required to signal a confession and promise to not protest once more.

She was then taken on a compelled five-day vacation or “patriotic tour” of China – a not unusual tactic used to cope with activists – and required to remain in Shenzhen for 12 months.

After her return to Hong Kong in late 2020, Wong pledged to proceed protesting even after her time in detention.

She stored her promise and staged a one-woman demonstration final Could close to Beijing’s Hong Kong headquarters to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Sq. crackdown regardless of restrictions on gatherings.

After months of demonstrations in 2019, Hong Kong’s as soon as vibrant protest tradition was dropped at an finish first by pandemic restrictions on gatherings after which in June 2020 by sweeping nationwide safety laws. Journalists and activists have additionally fallen foul of the revived colonial-era sedition legal guidelines.

Hong Kong courts have come down onerous on those that continued to exhibit all through 2019 with out official police permission. In some instances, the federal government has prosecuted residents for merely sharing Fb posts with calls to protest.

The Hong Kong Democracy Council, a US-based activist group, mentioned since 2019 Hong Kong has arrested greater than 10,000 individuals for protest-related actions and prosecuted almost 3,000. The present conviction charge stands at 67 %.

The overwhelming majority are beneath 30, however exceptions stay like Wong and one other aged protester, 75-year-old and terminally-ill Koo Sze-yiu who was jailed for 9 months this week for “tried sedition”.

Koo, who has rectal most cancers, referred to as for a protest on Fb outdoors Beijing’s headquarters in Hong Kong in opposition to the Winter Olympics however in contrast to Wong was unable to hold it out. He was held with out bail till his trial.