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You see the back seat of a white police van carrying three young Hongkongers handcuffed with Joshua Wong at their centre.

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to another 10 months in jail for participating in last year’s gathering to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Key points:

  • Joshua Wong was already in prison after being convicted over other illegal assemblies
  • The court reduced his sentence to 10 months after he pleaded guilty
  • Pro-democracy activists outside the court said they were “disappointed” 

Last year was the first time the annual June 4 vigil had been banned in Hong Kong, with police citing coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings, as they did for all demonstrations in 2020.

Tens of thousands of people lit candles across the city in what was largely a peaceful event, bar a brief skirmish with riot police in one neighbourhood.

Wong, 24, is already in prison due to other illegal assembly convictions and was among 47 activists who faced charges under the city’s sweeping national security law. 

On Thursday the District Court reduced his proposed 15-month sentence to 10 months after he pleaded guilty.

Judge Stanley Chan also sentenced Lester Shum, Jannelle Leung and Tiffany Yuen to between four and six months.

Pro-democracy activists outside the court said they were “disappointed” in the sentencing, emphasising that the June 4 rally was a “peaceful assembly”.

Twenty others facing similar June 4-related charges are due to appear in court on June 11.

The June 4 vigil is expected to be banned again this year.

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