Hong Kong democracy leader jailed 2nd time for 2014 protest

Hong Kong democracy leader jailed 2nd time for 2014 protest

Wong and 19 other demonstrators were found guilty of criminal contempt of court because they refused to obey a court injunction order to leave a protest zone in late November 2014.

The protest was part of the biggest populist uprising for decades in Hong Kong and posed a spirited challenge to Beijing’s Communist Party leaders in demanding full democracy.

For more than two months, tens of thousands of mostly student and young demonstrators camped out in tents on major highways, defying government, police and Chinese demands to leave. Umbrellas became a symbol of defiance after protesters used them as shields against police pepper spray and batons.

High Court Judge Andrew Chan said that even though Wong only stayed in the protest area for 90 minutes on the day in question, “his involvement in obstructing the clearance operation was deep and extensive. He played a leading role on that day”.

In view of his overall involvement, I am of the view that the only appropriate punishment . will be one of immediate imprisonment,” said Chan.

Another activist, Raphael Wong, was also jailed, while the remaining protesters, including former student leader Lester Shum, received suspended sentences.

Thank you your honor for your ruling. Our determination to fight for genuine universal suffrage will not waver,” stated Raphael Wong in the courtroom before being taken away.

Lawyers for both the Wongs said they would appeal, but they were denied an immediate request for bail.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 amid promises that the Asian financial hub would enjoy a high degree of autonomy under a so-called ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement.

A perceived tightening of control by Beijing’s Communist Party leaders in recent years, however, has fueled a groundswell of pro-democracy activism aimed at defending the city’s constitutionally enshrined freedoms.

While a spirited young generation has given Hong Kong’s flagging push for democracy fresh impetus, some 100 key activists have, or could be, jailed in upcoming trials, in what critics say is an attempt to counter the movement’s momentum.

Upon learning about the sentence from his lawyers shortly before the court hearing started, Joshua Wong looked up from behind the dock, squeezed his eyes shut and sighed. Wong chose not to fight the charge in the spirit of civil disobedience.

Wong had begun serving a six-months imprisonment sentence last August for a separate unlawful assembly charge, but he was granted bail by Hong Kong’s highest court, which heard the appeal against the sentence on Tuesday. It would decide upon the case on a later date.

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British Council to give 7 scholarships for higher education

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The British Council IELTS Scholarships 2018 is offering three scholarships worth Tk 300,000 each to study abroad and four scholarships worth Tk 150,000 each to study in country, according to The British Council website.

The core ethos of this scheme is to enhance ‘access to higher education’, thus building the foundation for a stable, economically prosperous and more equal Bangladesh,” the website reads.

Applications for the scholarship close on March 31, 2018, according to the website.

ieltsscholarships@bd. britishcouncil.

Alternatively, you can send hard copies of your application to the offices of The British Council across Bangladesh.

https://www. britishcouncil. org.

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