Hong Kong worker critically ill for planned Olympic protests

Hong Kong worker critically ill for planned Olympic protests

Hong Kong – a Hong Kong A terminal cancer worker was sent to jail on Tuesday for attempted sedition for a planned protest. Beijing’s Winter Olympics That failed by a pre-emptive arrest. Ku seje-u He was arrested on February 4, the opening day of the Winter Olympics, after announcing plans to protest outside the Liaoning office in Beijing, Hong Kong.

The 75-year-old was formally charged the next day with “attempting to do or prepare for or commit treason” – a crime of the colonial era – and was denied bail.

Principal Magistrate Peter Law sentenced Cook to nine months in prison on Tuesday, saying a preventive punishment was needed for “serious” cases.

The longtime activist argued in court that “going to jail is a part of my life.”

Ku Sej-yu, a pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong, speaks outside a court in Hong Kong in a September 30, 2020 file photo.

AP Photo / Kin Cheung

“I don’t mind being a fighter in the democracy movement and I don’t mind being a martyr for democracy and human rights,” he said.

Ku is the latest worker to be sent to prison Hong Kong’s crackdown against dissentWhich is driven by the National Security Act – imposed by Beijing in 2019 after pro-democracy protests in the city.

Although sedition is a colonial-era law, courts now consider it as intensive as endangering national security.

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Ku’s lawyers argued that his planned protest was a practice of freedom of speech and that the charge of sedition was unconstitutional.

But the magistrate said the slogans on his protest materials – which were written “down with the Communist Party and one-party dictatorship” – were aimed at overthrowing the regime and were provocative in the context of the 2019 protests.

“During the movement, many people blamed the Chinese Communist Party, and despite the end of the movement, many still could not recover mentally,” Law said.

“(Slogan) will again provoke feelings of dissatisfaction and dissatisfaction.”

He added that Kuo could encourage calls to boycott the Winter Olympics.

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Born in the Chinese city of Zhongshan, Ku has spent most of his life active, from opposing the Portuguese colonial government in Macau to sharply criticizing the crackdown on Beijing in Hong Kong.

He has been jailed in Hong Kong at least 11 times since 2000 and was diagnosed with terminal rectal cancer in 2020.

He ended his last career in prison in July last year after working five months for violating government sanctions to cover the faces of protesters during the 2019 protests.

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During a May 26, 2019, demonstration in Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters Ku Sej-u, the center, help carry a mock coffin.

Qin Cheung / AP

The veteran worker bowed after his sentence on Tuesday, telling the court he had no regrets.

“The Chinese government has destroyed Hong Kong’s independence and democracy,” he said, and has exploded China’s treatment of dissidents on the mainland – pointing to opaque justice and prolonged imprisonment.

“My sacrifice is nothing compared to what they have experienced.”

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