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Protest leaders in Hong Kong warn of threats to civil rights

HONG KONG Protest Leader in Hong Kong on trial Monday to track democracy demonstrations in 2014 said their prosecution threatens…

HONG KONG Protest Leader in Hong Kong on trial Monday to track democracy demonstrations in 2014 said their prosecution threatens the future of civil rights on territory, where fear has increased by Beijing’s growing influence.

“The trial is not just nine of us. The trial is also the high degree of independence and rule of law that all Hong Kong people are entitled to,” said Hong Kong law professor Benny Tai, a lawyer at a press conference after the first day of the trial. 19659004] Tai, together with another professor and pastor, was the leader of the “Occupy Central” campaign to push for free elections to Hong Kong’s top leaders. They are accused of conspiracy to commit a general disorder and encouragement to commit serious abuse.

Protestors in what was also called the umbrella movement put siege to the government headquarters and paralyzed the Hong Kong financial district for 79 days, but failed to win any concessions. Thousands stamped camps on major thoroughfare. Several hundred were detained. [19659005] The other defendants – two current and one former legislature, two student leaders and others h a political activist – accuses incentives to commit a general inconvenience. Each fee carries a maximum penalty of seven years.

“We are not accused of being guilty because we consider the charges to be unreasonable, unpredictable and unpredictable,” said Chan Kin-man, a sociology professor, described by prosecutor as the Tai-Korean pirate.

The accused pumped his fists into the air and chanted “Shame on political prosecution!” before entering the West Kowloon tingshuset. They were joined by more than 100 followers, and some raised the yellow umbrellas that came to represent the movement because demonstrators used them to defend themselves from police attacks.

Three university students were charged in 2016 for their leadership role in the protests received community service. However, Hong Kong’s judge has faced increasing pressure from Beijing to deliver heavier sentences to deter future protests.

Some in the semi-autonomous Chinese city are afraid that state administration will destroy the independence of the judiciary, a bedrock value that undermines the city’s standing as a global corporate capital.

The former British colony was handed over to Chinese government in 1997 under an agreement in which China promised to keep its own laws, economic systems and civil rights for 50 years.

But China’s ruling communist party under authoritarian president Xi Jinping seems to grow impatiently with efforts by Hong Kong activists to promote increased democracy and recently banned a local political party advocating the independence of the territory from Beijing.

At the age of 30-74 years Nine respondents spend generations of Hong Kong citizens who have been agitating for full democracy. The experiment is expected to be 20 days.

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