Hong Kong convicted a pro-democracy protester of terrorism in its first trial under China’s tough new security law

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A pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong in June 2019.

Hong Kong has convicted a pro-democracy protester in its first trial under the new security law imposed by China.

Tong Ying-kit was on Tuesday found guilty of terrorism and inciting secession, The New York Times reported.

He was arrested on July 1, 2020, and accused of driving his motorcycle bearing a protest flag, colliding into three police officers and injuring them, the South China Morning Post reported. The flag called for the city’s liberation from China, the Post reported.

Tong could get life in prison when he is sentenced, according to The Times.

China introduced the tough new law last June, and critics said at the time it would end Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status.

It allows China to set up new national-security agencies and a secret police presence in Hong Kong.

The law increases the risks for protesters and anyone else who speaks out against the Chinese government.

More than 60 people, including dozens of pro-democracy activists, have been arrested under the security law and are awaiting trial, The Times reported.

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