How the Opposition is Silenced in Hong Kong and Thailand: Selective Application of Laws Serves Illiberal Ends
On August 17, three Hong Kong students, leaders of the Umbrella Movement in 2014, were sentenced for daring to call for the protection of democratic process. Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, and Nathan Law received prison terms of eight, ten, and eight months, respectively, from the Hong Kong Court of Appeals. Their nominal crimes were unlawful assembly (Wong and Chow) and inciting others to participate in unlawful assembly (Law). But make no mistake: by targeting these three young activists, both the Hong Kong government and Beijing aimed to punish them as individuals as well as send a warning to other would-be democracy activists. [par 1]
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Tam, G.A. (2015, September 15). How the opposition is silenced in Hong Kong and Thailand: Selective application of laws serves illiberal ends. Foreign Affairs.