Foreign Affairs
Activist found guilty of inciting terrorism during Hong Kong protests

The first activist in the Hong Kong protests, who was charged in Court, was today found guilty in what is considered as a landmark on other cases.

Tong Ying-kit was found guilty of inciting secession and terrorism when he rode a motorcycle into police officers. During the incident, he was carrying a flag calling for Hong Kong’s liberation for revolution.

Hing-kit is among over 100 persons who have been arrested in connection with the protests, under the law on national security introduced by the Chinese authorities in 2019, which eventually reduced Hong Kong’s autonomy.

Ying-kit verdict means he may be imprisoned for life. He was found guilty during a trial without a jury, with Hong Kong’s Justice Secretary stressing that this was necessary in order not to endanger the life of jurors in the wake of a sensitive political climate.