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Hong Kong court sends strong message with jail terms for prominent activists

An activist shows the "Five demands, not one less!" gesture before the sentencing of pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam, in Hong Kong, on Dec 2, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS
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HONG KONG - The Hong Kong court, in passing judgment on Wednesday (Dec 2) on three prominent activists, sent a clear message to the pro-democracy bloc as well as to anyone who supports or participated in the recent civil unrest, political watchers told The Straits Times.

At least one political watcher, Professor Sing Ming of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology believes the court's decision is likely to have a significant impact internationally,

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