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    Ten of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy campaigners have been sentenced for their roles in the 2019 anti-government protests. Media tycoon, Jimmy Lai, will serve a total of 14-months in prison. He’s been given TWO sentences for unauthorized assembly during the demonstrations. Meanwhile Martin Lee, who is 82, and known as Hong Kong’s ‘Father of Democracy’, has been handed an 11-month suspended sentence. Almost 1.7-Mmillion people took part in pro-democracy marches in the city in 2019.

    A silver medal awarded to Yeung Sum by the government for his political work. It was something this former lawmaker felt proud of. But 12 years later, it seems to represent a Hong Kong that’s been lost.

    Yeung Sum was one of ten defendants found guilty of organizing or attending marches in 2019 during massive anti-government protests.

    Many opposition icons of his generation now sentenced for the first time. This just the first of 6 charges against Yeung Sum. The 73-year-old has taught at the University of Hong Kong for decades while also engaging in politics. In court, he was the only defendant to read out his submission in person. Yeung Sum calls himself a moderate who hoped for democracy under Chinese rule. But that hasn’t happened.

    Before Hong Kong’s handover from Britain to China, Yeung Sum and fellow activist, Martin Lee set up the Democratic Party. They were among the first lawmakers directly elected to voice dissent in the chamber, and paved the way for Hong Kong’s party politics. But now the national security law and an electoral overhaul are making it difficult for opposition parties to even survive.

    The fight of his generation may soon become history. But he doesn’t think their efforts will have been in vain. Yeung Sum believes democratic values are now deeply-rooted in Hong Kong’s culture.

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    In This Story: Hong Kong

    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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