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Hong Kong convicts a second person in violation of national security law

HONG KONG, (AP) — Hong Kong has convicted a third person for chanting pro independence slogans under its broad national security law. This was amid a political crackdown.

Ma Chun man was convicted Monday of inciting secession after he was discovered to have shouted slogans like “Hong Kong independence is the only way out” at 20 events between August and November last year.

Critics from Hong Kong claim that the National Security Law violates freedoms such as expression and assembly. These freedoms were promised to the city for 50 decades when the former British colony of Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997..

Ma was the second person to be found guilty under the new law. It outlaws what authorities call secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign collusion when it comes to intervening in Hong Kong’s affairs.

Ma was repeatedly arrested for chanting these slogans, before being taken into custody.

Ma’s sentencing hearing was rescheduled for Nov. 11,. He could spend up to seven years behind bars.

Tong Yingkit was the first to be convicted under the new national security law. He drove his motorcycle into a group police officers last July, while carrying a flag that featured the banned slogan “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our times .”

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The majority of prominent city-based pro-democracy activists were arrested for participating in unauthorized assemblies. Hundreds of political and trade union organizations have also been shut down due to security concerns.

More 120 persons have been detained under the security law, since its implementation last June.

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