Hong Kong Activist Jailed for 40 Months After Sedition Trial

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    The Facts

    • Political activist Tam Tak-chi was sentenced Wed. to 40 months in jail following Hong Kong's first sedition trial since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

    • He was sentenced on 11 charges, including uttering seditious words, public disorder and incitement to take part in an unauthorized assembly, and was also fined HK$5,000 ($638).

    The Spin

    Anti-China narrative

    China wants to repress civil and political liberties in the territory, and Tam's sentencing indicates the deterioration of Hong Kong's constitutional rights. The national security law and the sedition law are being used to tighten control over individuals' speech directly or through self censorship, leaving no room for dissent.

    Pro-China narrative

    Tam attempted to undermine Hong Kong's government authority by using his fame to promote sedition among students. The 40-month sentence aims at preventing him from threatening China's national security and stability.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that Hong Kong will stop being a Special Administrative Region of China by 2046, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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