Article taken from: s.chinadailyhk.com
Wednesday, December 02, 2020, 22:47 By China Daily The convictions of Joshua Wong Chi-fung , Agnes Chow Ting and Ivan Lam Long-yin for their roles in an unlawful assembly near the police headquarters in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region last year and the sentences they received on Wednesday have driven home the message that organizing, inciting and participating in such illegal activities will not be tolerated. They defied and challenged the law enforcement authorities and showed contempt for the law, assuming they could walk away with impunity with the backing of their foreign patrons. […] The political radicals in Hong Kong have been counting on external pressure and leveraging foreign interference including “sanctions” to promote their anti-government agenda in the SAR, particularly last year and early this year Wednesday’s court rulings, which handed the trio jail sentences of seven to 13 and a half months, showed that Hong Kong’s well-established rule of law is strong enough to withstand any foreign pressure intended to bend it for political reasons. It is a miscalculation of the political fanatics to think that they can have their way by leveraging foreign interference, and violate Hong Kong laws without having to bear the legal consequences. […] The political zealots in Hong Kong and their foreign patrons have been peddling a kind of exceptionalism seeking to place the leading figures in the opposition camp above the law.
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