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#RuleByLaw<\/a>Hong Kong pro-democracy defendants face much heavier sentences than before 2019 protests<\/b>Since outbreak of the anti-ELAB movement in Hong Kong in 2019, over 2,000 citizens have been convicted for their involvement in pro-democracy protests. Stand News, a local newspaper consolidated relevant public data from June 2019 through November 2021, which showed a total of 34 people being charged over "behaving in disorderly manner in public places".Among them, 8 (24%) were accused of obstructing road; another 8 (24%) being charged over hurling objects, while the remaining 18 (52%) were found guilty for making noises (swearling, chanting protest slogans, or hurling insults at Hong Kong Police).  These cases saw a high conviction rate exceeding 60%. With regards to sentencing, a large proportion of nearly 60% (12 people) of those being convicted were imprisoned for a period ranging from 3 weeks to 7 months.  Another 5% of the defendants were sent to the Correctional Services' training centers. The rest faced lighter penalties such as signing bind-over orders for conduct and probation (14%); and community service orders (24%).In comparison, most convicts in cases of similar nature in the past were not sentenced to jail. A legal professional group in Hong Kong explained that in the past, only some defendants with criminal records would likely be put behind bars. However, in recent cases, even first offenders are often imprisoned. The group added that this showed the court's intention to deploy heavier penalties against defendants from the pro-democracy movement, particularly for cases under Public Order Ordinance, as deterrence. #RuleofLaw<\/a> #RuleByLaw<\/a> #PoliceState<\/a> #FailedState<\/a> Source: Stand News, #Nov14<\/a>https:\/\/thestandnews.page.link\/kZ66FKVG9sBLL9pA6<\/a><\/div>\n\n