Punish illegal assemblies, restore judicial authority in HK: Global Times editorial

31st May, 2021

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A Hong Kong court has recently jailed Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and nine others for taking part in an illegal assembly on October 1, 2019. Jail terms range from 14 to 18 months. The ten all pleaded guilty in court, suggesting they are fully aware of their crimes. Hong Kong is a society under the rule of law. There is no dispute that those who violate the law will be held to account. However, the judicial system of Hong Kong a few years ago was interfered in and impacted by certain activities by rioters. As a result, some violations were not punished in a timely manner. This also gave rioters a false impression that they could act recklessly. Such delusions must now be corrected. And the authority of the judiciary, which has been severely damaged by violent and terrorist activities, must be restored in Hong Kong society.

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