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League of Social Democrats (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong: Socialist MP ‘Long Hair’ sentenced to prison, parliamentary seat under threat

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Appeal for international protest messages against political persecution

By Socialist Action (CWI) reporters in Hong Kong

March 21, 2012 -- League of Social Democrats (LSD) chairperson, "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung, faces possible expulsion from Hong Kong's Legislative Council (Legco) after being sentenced to two months in jail on a spurious conviction for criminal damage and disorderly conduct. Four other protesters – Wong Yeung-tat, Tang Kin-wa, Yung Wai-tong and Chan Sin-ying – received three-week jail sentences.

The case concerned protests in September 2011 at a government organised consultation over proposals to abolish by-elections for vacant Legco seats – yet another measure to stymie anti-government protests. More than 200,000 people protested against this undemocratic government proposals on July 1, 2011. The "consultation exercise" was mere window dressing by government, to assuage negative public opinion, while it pushed ahead with a modified version of its original plan.

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