Hong Kong rights activist jailed for ‘disappointment’ with China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Activist Lam Kin Hung used to sit at China’s door and represent exiled democrats

A 20-year-old political activist has been jailed in Hong Kong for sending a video message to his supporters in China saying he was “disappointed” with Beijing’s role in the city.

Lam Kin Hung was found guilty of damaging state property.

Lam had called for universal suffrage for the former British colony, and said he hoped the Chinese central government would improve its attitude.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997, but the city does not have full democracy.

“I felt it was not good enough for Hong Kong. I’m very disappointed with China,” Lam was quoted as saying by local broadcaster Cable TV.

Lam was arrested on 13 February after a video he posted on an internet site for exiled Hong Kong democracy activists was screened to a court.

The video, which angered the Hong Kong authorities, was later removed from the website after the authorities intervened.

Hong Kong’s police last week banned the Hong Kong-based organising committee of a march planned for Saturday protesting China’s involvement in the former British colony.

Hong Kong’s court of appeal on Thursday then found Lam guilty of damaging state property. He was fined HK$20,000 (£1,760; $2,100).

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, and is constitutionally separate from China.

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