HONG KONG—The initial individual billed beneath a countrywide-safety regulation imposed by Beijing was identified guilty of inciting secession and terrorism Tuesday in a verdict that reaffirms new limitations on speech in the town and could set a precedent for future trials beneath the regulation.
Tong Ying-package, 24 a long time aged, had pleaded not guilty to the costs. Mr. Tong was filmed driving a motorbike that collided with police officers throughout avenue protests on July 1 final year—the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997 and the day soon after the countrywide-safety regulation was unveiled.
Mr. Tong carried a flag bearing the well known protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Occasions.” Following the incident, the Hong Kong govt stated the slogan carried connotations of Hong Kong independence or subverting condition power.
The “display of the terms was able of inciting other folks to dedicate secession,” examine the ruling by a three-decide panel, introducing that the defendant comprehended the slogan to have a secessionist which means.
The judges stated Mr. Tong’s functions, like crashing into officers, was a “deliberate problem mounted against the police, a symbol of Hong Kong’s regulation and buy.” The judges stated he carried them out with the purpose of scary the public to pursue a political agenda.