Sunday’s Hong Kong march was a feeble torch blazed in the name of democracy. Participants faced the scorching heat of summer to protest the incarceration of three democratic leaders. The pretext for taking away their freedom was their involvement in the “Umbrella Movement.” The event took place three years ago.
Sunday’s Hong Kong March Reached 22,000 People to Protest the Changed Sentence for Three Pro-Democratic Leaders
Last week, a court in Hong Kong found Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong guilty of involvement in the Umbrella Movement. These three characters played an important role as organizers of the 2014 protests in Hong Kong.
The settlement decided a jail sentence from six to eight months. The main charges concern an assembly that was created against the law. The existence of such a group led to a 79-day siege of major roads in the capital’s financial district.
On Sunday, the Hong Kong march reached during its peak time a number of 22,000 members. They marched from Wan Chain district to the Court of Final Appeal. Their destination is the place where the three democratic leaders are going to file an appeal against the recent verdict.
The “Umbrella Movement” in 2014 was a democratic attempt for citizens to gain greater autonomy in their country. The main demand was the right to a fair election of Hong Kong’s leader. However, their efforts rendered no results. Instead, the three aforementioned characters were identified as organizers and were forced to answer for their pro-democracy actions outside the law.
Their initial sentence was actually community service which they completed. However, the Department of Justice in Hong Kong appealed this punitive settlement. Their reasoning was that those sentences were too mild for the damages the three pro-democracy activists caused to the state. The government declared the appeal lawful and outside of any political reasons.
All three democratic leaders followed-up the verdict with effervescent statements on social media. Wong aged 20 posted on Twitter that the state “can lock up our bodies, but not our minds!” Chow, 26, stated that they are not afraid of incarceration. On the other hand, she reiterated the demand of the Hong Kong people for democracy.
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