(HONG KONG) Court Report: Nine pro-democracy activists have been sentenced to between six and 10 months in prison for taking part in a banned vigil last year commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.16: Officials banned the 4 June vigil for the victims of China’s deadly crackdown on protesters, citing Covid measures: Critics believe the decision was part of a push to silence the opposition.

#AceDailyNews says that H.K Activists have been jailed for between 6-10-months for joining the banned ‘Tiananmen Vigil’ there were among 12 people who pleaded guilty to participating in the event and three were given suspended sentences……

People take part in a vigil to remember the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong, on 4 June, 2020
Thousands of people joined the vigil in Hong Kong in 2020, despite the ban

Despite the ban, thousands of people turned up to light candles and sing songs in 2020. Smaller crowds did the same this year, when authorities banned the event, again citing pandemic restrictions on public gatherings.

Albert Ho, a veteran vigil organiser and former vice chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, the organiser of the vigils, was handed a 10-month sentence for incitement and attending the event.

Former lawmaker Eddie Chu and Figo Chan, a former leader of the Civil Human Rights Front, known for organising large-scale pro-democracy rallies, were also given jail terms.

“The defendants ignored and belittled a genuine public health crisis,” District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock said.

“They wrongly and arrogantly believed their common purpose was more important than protecting the community or the public’s right to protection from a serious health risk.”

Supporters sitting in the public gallery stood up as some defendants entered the dock and shouted “hang in there”, the Hong Kong Free Press website reported.

The sentencing came a week after several leaders of the Hong Kong Alliance were arrested under the national security law imposed by Beijing last year. They were accused of working as a “foreign agent”, which they deny.

The legislation criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Critics say it is aimed at crushing dissent but China says it is meant to maintain stability.

Reacting to the sentencing, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director Yamini Mishra said this was “another outrageous attack on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly”.

“Depressingly, this unjust verdict was entirely expected amid the accelerating collapse of human rights in Hong Kong,” she added.

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(HONG KONG) JUST IN: Police have charged the group that organises the city’s annual Tiananmen Square massacre candlelight vigil as well as three of its leaders with subversion under the national security law #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.11: The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China said the group, its chairman Lee Cheuk-yan, and vice-chairs Albert Ho and Chow Hang-tung were charged with “inciting subversion of state power” under the national security law…..

#AceDailyNews says that Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil leaders have been charged with subversion after Tiananmen museum raided: Three former Apple Daily reporters are taking the risk of speaking out to 7.30, saying they fear more media outlets could be targeted next.

The case was brought before court on Friday. Mr Lee and Mr Ho are already serving jail terms for their roles in unauthorised protests in 2019.

Mr Chow and four others arrested this week were also charged with failing to comply with the requirement to provide information for a national security investigation.‘Nobody is safe’: Hong Kong journalists speak out about crackdown on press freedomThree

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian described the arrests as “a legitimate, just and necessary action to defend the authority of the national security law and ensure Hong Kong’s lasting stability”.

Mr Zhao reiterated that Hong Kong was governed by law and that anyone who violates the national security law must be punished by the law.

Mainland China bans commemorations and heavily censors the topic of the the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing on June 4, 1989.

China has never provided a full account of the 1989 event.

The death toll given by officials days later was about 300, most of them soldiers, but rights groups and witnesses say thousands of people may have been killed.

Raid on Tiananmen democracy museum

Police earlier raided the closed June 4 museum, which was run by the alliance to commemorate Tiananmen Square, and confiscated computers, documents and promotional materials from the venue. 

A large cardboard cutout of a woman's head is carried by police officers.
Police were seen removing items from the museum.(AP: Kin Cheung)

Police said 2.2 million Hong Kong dollars ($385,000) worth of assets belonging to the alliance, which is best known for organising annual vigils to mark the anniversary of the 1989 event, were also frozen.

The vigil was attended annually by massive crowds, and was the only large-scale public commemoration of the June 4 crackdown on Chinese soil. 

Authorities have banned the vigils for the past two years, citing public health risks due to the pandemic, although critics believe the ban is part of an ongoing crackdown on dissent in the city following months of anti-government protests in 2019.

Police sent a letter to the alliance in August requesting information about its membership, finances and activities by September 7, according to a copy the group sent to reporters.

The letter accused the alliance of being “an agent of foreign forces”. The group said it would not provide the information requested. Wednesday’s arrests were for failing to comply with national security law requirements.

A large cardboard flame is put in the back of a truck by police in a Hong Kong street.
The raid on the museum came hours after pro-democracy activists pleaded guilty to an unauthorised gathering.(AP: Kin Cheung)

Dozens of pro-democracy activists have been arrested, others have left the city for exile abroad, and the city has amended electoral laws to increase the number of seats for pro-Beijing legislators while reducing those that are directly elected.’

The national security law, imposed by Beijing on the Hong Kong in June last year, criminalises subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign collusion to interfere in the city’s affairs.

Critics say the national security law, which has been used to arrest more than 100 people, rolls back freedoms promised to the former British colony when it was handed over to China in 1997.

Hong Kong had been promised it could maintain freedoms not found on the mainland for 50 years, such as freedom of speech and assembly.

Reuters/AP

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.11: 2021:

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‘Nine People Sentenced To Death On Terrorism Charges’

#AceNewsServices – CHINA (XINJIANG) – June 06  – Nine people have been sentenced to death on terrorism charges in China’s north-western region of Xinjiang.

State TV said they were among 81 people found guilty. Sentences were handed down at six different courts.

The charges included murder and arson.

Earlier 29 “terror suspects” were detained in Urumqi on charges including inciting separatism and ethnic hatred.

Chinese officials have blamed militant Uighur groups for a growing number of violent attacks across the country.

These include an attack in Beijing, where a car ploughed into pedestrians in Tiananmen Square, killing five people, and attacks at railway stations in Urumqi and Kunming.

China’s state broadcaster described the main charges against those sentenced on Thursday as relating to organising, leading or participating in a terrorist organisation.

Six courts in Xinjiang heard a total of 23 separate cases, it said, handing down nine death penalties and long custodial sentences.

‘Year-long campaign’

The latest convictions come amid a sweeping security crackdown in the region, reports the BBC’s John Sudworth in Shanghai.

Last month China launched what it called a “year-long campaign against terrorism” after 39 people were killed when five suicide bombers attacked a street market in Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital.

Last week 55 people were sentenced for terrorism, separatism and murder at a show trial in Xinjiang.

Beijing has blamed an increasing number of attacks on civilian targets on Uighur separatists, who it says are inspired by extreme religious ideology from abroad, our correspondent says.

Critics of China’s policies in Xinjiang point to economic inequality and cultural and religious repression as other possible reasons for the growing radicalism and resentment.

China says it is pouring money into the Xinjiang region, but some Uighurs say their traditions and freedoms are being crushed.

BBC – China Daily

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‘ Three Activists Released on Anniversary of Tiananmen Square’

#AceNewsServicesBEIJING – (Reuters) – China released on Thursday three activists who had been detained for a month for attending a meeting to commemorate the military suppression of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, their lawyers said.

The activists were freed a day after the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown, marked by tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong, even as Chinese authorities sought to whitewash the event in the mainland.

Two of their peers remained in custody.

The detentions had sparked criticism from the United States and the European Union, with both calling for their release. China issued new, stronger objections to renewed complaints from the United States and lodged a diplomatic protest.

For the ruling Communist Party, the 1989 demonstrations that clogged Tiananmen Square in Beijing and spread to other cities remain taboo. The government has never released a death toll for the crackdown, but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.

Liu Di and Hu Shigen, both dissident writers, and Xu Youyu, a research fellow with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a government think tank, were released on bail, their lawyers and a relative said.

All three had been detained for “causing a disturbance” in connection with the meeting held in a private apartment.

China also has lodged a diplomatic protest over US remarks on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, Reuters said.

The White House had honoured those who were killed in the action to crush the protests and said it would support the rights that the protesters sought. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Beijing was “strongly dissatisfied” and “firmly opposed” to the US statement, Xinhua reported, adding that it had “lodged solemn representations” with Washington.

REUTERS 

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` China Marks 25 Years Since Tiananmen Square Massacre ‘

#AceNewsServicesBEIJING – June 04 – China is marking 25 years since the suppression of pro-democracy protests on Wednesday under a cloak of security, Reuters reported.

Soldiers, police and security personnel enveloped Tiananmen Square, which was closed to foreign media.

The 1989 ‘counter-revolutionary’ demonstrations on Tiananmen Square, which spread to other cities, have never been publicly marked in mainland China.

Every year, there are commemorations in Hong Kong and in self-ruled Taiwan.

Several governments including the United States urged China to account for what happened on June 4, 1989, comments that riled China, which has said the protest movement was “counter-revolutionary”. Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama used the anniversary to call on China to embrace democracy.

China has never released a death toll for the crackdown, but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.

Troops shot their way into central Beijing after demonstrators had clogged Tiananmen Square in Beijing for about six weeks.

There were also protests in many other cities.

Taking no chances on Wednesday, police, soldiers and plain-clothes security personnel enveloped Tiananmen Square, checking identity cards and rummaging through bags looking for any hint that people might try to sneak onto the square to commemorate the day.

 Police escorted a Reuters reporter off the square, which was thronged with tourists, saying it was closed to foreign media. Police also detained another Reuters journalist for trying to report on the anniversary in one of Beijing’s university districts, releasing him after a few hours.

Public discussion of the crackdown is off-limits in China. Many young people are unaware of what happened because of years of government efforts to banish memories of the People’s Liberation Army shooting its own citizens.

 “They have covered up history. They don’t want people to know the truth of what they did,” veteran activist Hu Jia told Reuters from his home in Beijing, where he said police were present to prevent him from leaving.

 “Nobody would have confidence in them if they knew what they did… They should have fallen because of what they did,” he added, speaking by mobile telephone.

 Reuters – BBC News – China Daily

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` China Indicted Eight People on Terrorism Charges over Attack on Tiananmen Gate ‘

#AceNewsServices – BEIJING – May 31 – (AP) – China has indicted eight people on terrorism charges in connection with an attack on Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Gate last year that killed two tourists and three assailants, the government said Saturday.

The eight were arrested within days of the Oct 28 attack, in which a man drove an SUV through a crowd of tourists before stopping in front of the gate and setting the vehicle on fire.

A Chinese visitor and a tourist from the Philippines were killed, along with the vehicle’s driver, his wife and mother-in-law, according to Chinese authorities.

The attack was the first to strike Beijing in recent memory. It pointed to a new level of violence and lethal intent in the long simmering insurgency against Chinese rule in the far north-western region of Xinjiang waged by radicals among the native Turkic Uighur Muslim population.

A notice about the indictments posted on the regional prosecutor’s website said the eight would stand trial at the intermediate court in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi.

They were accused of organising, leading and participating in a terrorist organisation, as well as endangering public security.

The charges are punishable by a maximum penalty of death.

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It takes a very significant date for the…

It takes a very significant date for the word “today” to be deemed too sensitive to mention. But 24 years after the Chinese government’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, “today” is part of a long list of search terms that have been censored on Sina Weibo, the country’s most popular microblog.

Other banned words include “tomorrow,” “that year,” “special day,” and many number combinations that could refer to 4 June 1989, such as 6-4, 64, 63+1, 65-1, and 35 (shorthand for May 35th).

Chinese Communist party authorities, fearing a threat to their legitimacy, forbid open discussion of the so-called “June 4th incident” in the country’s media and on its internet. Yet internet users have reacted by using ever-more oblique references to commemorate the tragedy, treating censors to an elaborate game of cat-and-mouse.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/04/tiananmen-square-online-search-censored

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