Veteran Hong Kong democracy leaders convicted over peaceful rally
‘Father of democracy’ Martin Lee and media tycoon Jimmy Lai are among the seven found guilty over 2019 protest.A court in Hong Kong has found seven prominent pro-democracy politicians and campaigners guilty of unauthorised assembly over their role in a peaceful protest that was one of the biggest rallies in the Chinese-controlled city in 2019. Those convicted on Thursday include media tycoon Jimmy Lai, as well as 82-year-old Martin Lee, who helped launch the city’s largest opposition Democratic Party in the 1990s and is often called the former British colony’s “father of democracy”. The silver-haired Lee and the others sat impassively as district court judge Amanda Woodcock handed down her decision.
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