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Hong Kong pro-democracy activist convicted over protest slogans

Former radio host Tam Tak-chi in custody for 541 days since sedition charges arrest

Pro-democracy activist Tam Tak-chi was arrested on sedition charges in 2020. Prosecutors argued that his chanting anti-police slogans amounted to spreading "hatred or contempt against the government."   © AP

HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong activist was convicted Wednesday on a string of charges linked to pro-democracy street protests two years ago, in a ruling that critics say deals another blow to the city's rapidly declining freedom of expression.

Hong Kong's district court found Tam Tak-chi, 49, guilty of uttering "seditious words," including now-outlawed protest chants, as well as holding unauthorized assembly and disobeying police orders during demonstrations in 2020 against a Beijing-imposed national security law.

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