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Monday, November 21, 2016, 21:41

Radical legislator sentenced to 7 days over protest


HONG KONG - The Eastern Court has sentenced radical lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung to seven days in prison for disturbing a school debating contest during a protest last year. Along with him was People Power activist Tam Tak-chi. He was also given a seven-day jail term but suspended for a year. Both have been granted bail pending appeal.

The pair were among a group of protesters who stormed an annual citywide school debating contest in May last year to protest against Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who was among the guests at the event, over electoral reform.

The magistrate said the two could have chosen other means that wouldn't have disturbed the event. But they chose to throw things and shout loud slogans. The act prevented the organizer, the students and their parents from exercising their freedom of expression, freedom of speech and the right to peaceful assembly, the magistrate ruled.

"Though freedom of demonstration is a right that people enjoy, no one shall practice their freedom in a way that harms other people's right," the magistrate ruled.

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