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HONK KONG Pro-Hong Kong independence activist turns 12

Louis Lo is guilty of keeping highly explosive material. His sentence is the most severe imposed due to activities related to the 2019 government protests. Judge Andrew Chan said the accused sought to promote separation from China.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – The High Court today handed down a 12-year sentence against a member of a now-disbanded independence group. It is the most severe sentence imposed on anyone for activities related to the 2019 pro-democracy protests.

Louis Lo was convicted of keeping one kilogram of high-quality explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) and 10 Molotov cocktails in a studio inside a factory building. The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to concealing the explosive material.

The Hong Kong National Front, the independence organization in which Lo was active, has always denied any involvement in the affair.

According to Judge Andrew Chan, the accused planned to use explosives to sow “fear and terror among the people”.

Its aim was to promote the separation of the former British colony from the People’s Republic of China during the 2019 anti-government protests. The offense falls under the Chinese National Security Law of 2020.

Although prosecutors failed to link Lo to the protest movement, Judge Chan was convinced that the pro-independence material found in Lo’s industrial studio, apartment, and cell phone was sufficient to establish the claim. mobile.

Lo’s conviction comes a week after this of 10 pro-democracy activists, including media mogul Jimmy Lai, who were convicted of organizing and participating in anti-government protests in August 2019.

Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera