Hong Kong jails nine protesters over ‘Fishball Revolution’ riots
Nine protesters were jailed in Hong Kong Thursday after being found guilty of rioting during the “Fishball Revolution” clashes with police two years ago, the latest in a series of legal actions against demonstrators.
Aged from their late teens to over 70 years old, they were handed sentences ranging from 28 months to over four years for their involvement in the city’s worst violence for decades.
The 2016 demonstrations were triggered by official attempts to remove illegal hawkers from the bustling Mong Kok commercial district during Lunar New Year celebrations. The “Fishball Revolution” moniker refers to a favorite Hong Kong street snack sold by the hawkers.
At least seven people have already been jailed over the clashes, which reflected underlying tensions over the erosion of the city’s traditions.
They were led by activists seeking more autonomy from Beijing, as fears grow that Hong Kong’s freedoms and identity are under threat from Chinese authorities and the city’s pro-China local government.
As the unrest escalated, police fired warning shots in the air as protesters hurled bricks torn up from pavements and set rubbish alight.
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