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Hong Kong activist jailed for 3 years over protest slogans

Tam Tak-chi convicted under a colonial-era sedition law

Tam Tak-chi, holding bag, walks to a prison van ahead of pro-democracy activists Wu Chi-wai and Joshua Wong.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong political activist was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in prison on a string of charges linked to pro-democracy street protests, as authorities make greater use of a colonial-era sedition law to stifle dissent.

The ruling comes after Hong Kong's district court last month found Tam Tak-chi, 50, guilty of uttering "seditious words," including now-outlawed protest chants, as well as holding an unauthorized assembly and disobeying police orders during demonstrations in 2020.

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