Mar 31, 2021 - World

Hong Kong's Jimmy Lai and 6 other democracy leaders found guilty over 2019 protest

Jimmy Lai, Apple Daily founder, arrives at the Court of Final Appeal ahead a bail hearing on February 9

Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai (D) arrives at court in Hong Kong in February. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

A Hong Kong court has found media tycoon Jimmy Lai, barrister Martin Lee and five other pro-democracy leaders guilty of participating in an an authorized protest in 2019, per Bloomberg. They'll receive sentences at a later date.

Why it matters: The verdict is a further blow for the city's pro-democracy movement. It comes a day after China's government a passed a law that critics say effectively ends democratic elections in Hong Kong. The pro-democracy figures were convicted under a draconian national security law the Chinese government imposed on the territory last year.

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