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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Hong Kong Court Sentences Seven Men to Prison for 2019 Attack on Pro-Democracy Protesters

A court in Hong Kong sentenced seven men to jail for their role in the violent attack on pro-democracy protesters, reporters and commuters at a train station in 2019.

According to Judge Eddie Yip, the men were found guilty of rioting and injuring with the intent or conspiracy to wound with intent.

Yip said the assault was “indiscriminate” in nature and that the perpetrators had “collectively lost their minds.”

“They collectively took the law into their own hands and put residents in extreme terror,” Yip said in a statement.

The judge added that strict punishments must be given to the attackers due to the severity of their crime.

The men were sentenced to between three-and-a-half and seven years in prison.

The attack that occurred in the northern Yuen Long district was deemed as one of the most violent demonstrations that happened at the height of anti-government movements in 2019.

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