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Jimmy Lai jailed for protests

Published : Saturday, 17 April, 2021 at 12:00 AM  Count : 94

HONG KONG, Apr 16: Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was jailed for 14 months on Friday along with four other veteran democracy activists for their roles in protests that helped trigger a sweeping crackdown on dissent by China.
Lai was given two jail terms for separate rallies in August 2019, at the peak of a democracy uprising that paralysed the financial hub for months.
The jail terms were the first ever for the 73-year-old millionaire, who has spent decades using his media empire to support democracy in Hong Kong, a campaign that has seen him denounced by China as a "traitor".  The sentences on Friday were the latest in a relentless and successful campaign by China since the protests to silence dissent.    -AFP





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