Three activists of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong have been jailed. He was sentenced on Wednesday. Many other pro-democracy activists are said to have fled the city due to the fear of jail. Many activists are already being prosecuted. These workers have been accused of anything from mild to very serious. Agnes Chow, one of the activists who have been sent to jail so far, was accused only of shouting slogans on the megaphone.
Apart from this, all the pro-democracy members have resigned from the city council here. There are also signs of increasing pressure on the media. All this is the result of the newly implemented security law, which was strongly opposed here. But ignoring all the opposition, the Chinese government implemented this law here. It is alleged that restrictions in the name of preventing infection of corona virus have also been used to crush the pro-democracy movement.
Agnes Chow was sentenced on Wednesday. Joshua Wong and Evan Lam are also punished along with them. All of them have been members of a political party called Democisto. This party has now been dissolved. 24-year-old Chow was still a student. Chow has been active in the pro-democracy movement since 2014, but has been jailed for the first time. When she was sentenced, she started crying in court. On Wednesday, the court refused to bail Jimmy Lai, founder of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily. Jimmy is over 70 years old. Denial of bail application means that he will now have to remain in jail till at least next April, as the next hearing has been praised only in April.
Analysts here say that Chinese officials may want to ensure that no pro-democracy face is present to take part in the next election of Hong Kong City Council. So they are increasingly sending activists and leaders to jail or disqualifying them from contesting elections. The current phase of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong came last year, when China tried to implement a new extradition law. The law provided that a person accused of a crime in Hong Kong could be sent to China for trial. Now the national security law implemented is trying to completely change the face of politics here. Many parties have been disbanded under this law. Also, the provision to prevent individuals from becoming candidates is included in this law.
Using this law, the authorities here have taken action against many former councilors and opposition leaders. He has been charged with participating in the agitation last year. This is the first time that pressure has been put on the media here. The pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily was raided here a few months ago. Its founder, Jimmy Lai, has been accused of a number of charges against him. A producer of the government TV channel RTHK has been arrested for reporting against the police. Private broadcaster I-Cable fired two dozen people last week. This media house has been known for its investigative journalism.
Former pro-democracy councilor James Ko told a TV channel that no clear political route was available in Hong Kong. Be it peaceful or violent or pro-government, there is no scope for any kind of political activity here.