The Guardian view on Hong Kong: the voice of Beijing, not of justice

Campaigners in Hong Kong and abroad say it is vindictive to imprison pro-democracy protestors over a sit-in. They are right
Student pro-democracy activists Nathan Law (L) and Joshua Wong (R) speak to the media outside Hong Kong’s high court on the day of their sentencing
Student pro-democracy activists Nathan Law (L) and Joshua Wong (R) speak to the media outside Hong Kong’s high court on the day of their sentencing. Photograph: Vernon Yuen/EPA

The jailing of Joshua Wong, Hong Kong’s youthful “face of protest”, and of his fellow activists Nathan Law and Alex Chow, is technically a matter of law but in reality one of politics. Two of them had already carried out community service for unlawful assembly or inciting unlawful assembly; the third had received a suspended sentence. That was not enough. They have been at the forefront of the pro-democracy movement, inspiring many more in Hong Kong to rally in defence of the greater freedoms it has enjoyed compared to the mainland under the “one country-two systems” formula. Authorities have been determined to silence these voices. By appealing against the “rather dangerous” supposed leniency of the original sentences, they have succeeded, for now. Tiếp tục đọc “The Guardian view on Hong Kong: the voice of Beijing, not of justice”