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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong court finds leading activists guilty of illegal assembly

Jimmy Lai and six former opposition legislators face up to 5 years in prison

Democratic Party founder Martin Lee, left, and former lawmaker Albert Ho arrive at the courthouse ahead of the judge's verdict on April 1 in Hong Kong.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Seven prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures, including outspoken media tycoon Jimmy Lai, were convicted on Thursday of organizing and participating in an unauthorized protest in 2019, marking the territory's latest crackdown on dissent.

The four-week trial was heard in West Kowloon Court, where Judge Amanda Woodcock read the verdict on Thursday morning.

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