Activists from Hong Kong were arrested and jailed for illegal assembly during protests in 2019.

Seven Hong Kong democracy activists were sentenced on Wednesday to prison terms of up to 16 months for their participation in an unauthorized assembly during the height of anti-government protests in the city last year. It was agreed that they would plead guilty to charges that included organizing and inciting others to take part in an illegal assembly on Oct. 20, 2019, when tens of thousands took to the streets and police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds.

Among the activists were Figo Chan, a former convenor of the now-disbanded Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF); Raphael Wong and Avery Ng of the League of Social Democrats political party; and former legislators Cyd Ho, Yeung Sum, Albert Ho, and Leung Kwok-hung, known in Hong Kong as “Long Hair” and “Yeung Sum” in the United States.

The length of the sentences ranged from 11 months to 16 months in length. With the exception of Raphael Wong, the other defendants were all serving prison sentences in connection with other cases of illegal assembly.

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