(BEIJING, China.) Court Report: It’s been 18 months since Joshua Wong finished serving his last conviction, but it will be at least 2022 before he’s a free man again after he was handed down a nother sentence of 13.5-months on Wednesday with co-defendants Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow were handed sentences of seven and 10 months respectively #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.02: The prominent activist was handed his latest sentence of 13.5 months in a small courtroom in Hong Kong’s working-class Sham Shui Po district Wednesday as efforts to quell dissent in the semiautonomous Chinese enclave escalate: This is the toughest sentence that 24-year-old Wong, who has been in and out of detention since he was a teen, has received: He and two other members of the disbanded political party Demosisto had pleaded guilty to various charges, including incitement, in relation to a rally outside police headquarters in June 2019:

Beijing Freed Joshua Wong & Jails him again on for a further 13.5-months on Wednesday according to RTHK News

Co-defendants Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow were handed sentences of seven and 10 months respectively: For Chow, the youngest of the trio at 23 years old, this will be her first time in prison. After hanging her head low throughout most of the hearing, she finally burst into tears upon hearing the sentence:

For Wong it will be his fourth stint behind bars in three years: Though the defense lawyers had argued for leniency for their young charges, Magistrate Wong Sze-lai shot them down. In her hour-long verdict, she emphasized the necessity of deterrence after large-scale and often violent demonstrations paralyzed the financial hub over the second half of last year. She called imprisonment “the only appropriate” option.

Analysts see the ruling as casting a pall over the broader pro-democracy movement: “These three are widely seen as icons pushing the limits of democracy in Hong Kong in defiance of Beijing,” says Willy Lam, a political scientist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. “Their sentencing will strike fear into the hearts of pro-democracy supporters.”Authorities have arrested more than: https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1559311-20201110.htm?archive_date=2020-11-10″>10,000 protesters</a> since June last year in a crackdown that has netted everyone from pensioners to https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1532556-20200617.htm” primary school students: But it’s done little to resolve the underlying tensions in a city where much of the population lionizes democratic ideals but is ultimately controlled by the Chinese Communist Party: Outside the courthouse, pro-Beijing and pro-democracy supporters loudly heckled each other in front of camera crews, highlighting the deep polarization that continues to permeate the territory even as street protests have evaporated:

After the verdict, two Beijing supporters sprayed each other with champagne to celebrate the imprisonment of “the rioters.” University students who came to support Wong, Lam and Chow openly cried: Wong, the international face of Hong Kong’s protest movement, has long helped galvanize the city’s youth to take to the streets: As such, he’s no stranger to handcuffs, wigged barristers or gavels coming down against him:

Lately, he’s also gotten a taste of solitary confinement in the prison hospital after an X-ray reportedly revealed a foreign object in his stomach: None of it has dampened his resolve to keep being a thorn in Beijing’s side: He and his co-defendants were not allowed to give statements to the press before or after their sentencing: But as Wong was whisked away, he shouted, “We will hang in there.”‘More than a gamble’Like many young Hong Kong activists, Wong displays something of a martyr mentality — believing self-sacrifice to be the cost of fighting for democracy:

Speaking to TIME this past May, he described living with a constant fear that at any moment he could experience arrest, kidnapping or even extraordinary rendition: “No matter what, I am always targeted by Beijing,” he says: For years, strange vans and shadowy men have trailed him. He and his girlfriend were assaulted outside a movie theater once: He has been pelted with eggs and fists and branded a “traitor” by the Chinese foreign ministry. Last year, he was snatched off the street and stuffed into a minivan and eventually jailed:

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