The sentence will be known on May 6. The 24-year-old is accused of attending the event because he knew that his celebration was forbidden
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and three other colleagues were convicted on Friday for their participation in the 2020 celebratory vigil for the Tiananmen massacre., whose celebration was not authorized last year for the first time since 1990.
Judge Stanley Chan postponed to the next May 6 the announcement of sentence of the four young activists (among which are also Lester Shum, Tiffany Yuen and Jannell Leung), who pleaded guilty to knowingly participating in the ban and faces a sentence of up to five years in prison.
The conviction comes three days after the Hong Kong authorities announced that they will not authorize the celebration of the vigil this year for the risks derived from the coronavirus pandemic, the same reason as last year.
The vigil in Hong Kong, a city that in 1989 welcomed a large number of protesters who fled the repression in mainland China, is the Largest celebration of the Tiananmen massacre, Y since 1990, it has been held in the center of Victoria Park, every 4th of June.
Although in 2020 it was not authorized, Tens of thousands of Hong Kong people also participated in it.
In August 2020, two months after the merger, 24 activists (including the four convicted on Friday, the Hong Kong press mogul Jimmy Lai, the veteran activist “Long hair” Leung Kwok-hung, and the Vice President of the Hong Kong Trade Union Confederation, Lee Cheuk-Yan), were accused of having participated.
During the previous hearing, the four and ex-MP Eddie Chu said they would plead guilty. The court sued the other 19 defendants separately, of which they are not expected to plead guilty.
However, on Friday, Chu’s lawyer told the judge that his client he hadn’t made up his mind about his guilty plea, for which Chu is due to appear in court on June 11 with the other 19 defendants.
At the conclusion of the hearing, before leaving the bank, Wong, who meets two sentences totaling 17 and a half months in prison for activities related to his political activism, he shouted: “Even if the world changes, we will not change!”.
(With information from EFE)