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May 28, 2021 Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 14 months in prison for illegal assembly in connection with protests during China's National Day on October 1, 2019. Lai, who is already in jail, he is one of eight prominent Hong Kong activists convicted, while two others have received a suspended sentence.
The activists had pleaded guilty on 17 May and among them are the lawyer Albert Ho and Figo Chan, representative of the Civil Human Rights Front, the acronym that organized the marches that started the pro-democracy protests of the summer of 2019 , who received the toughest sentence, namely 18 months in prison, along with two other activists: Lee Cheuk-yan and Lee Kwok-hung.
District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock, cited by Hong Kong public broadcaster Rthk, called it "unrealistic" for the accused to think that the unauthorized event could not lead to a violent demonstration amidst the pro-democracy protests they have. shocked the city, and the only option was to impose "deterrent" sentences.