His fight for an independent Hong Kong has ended for 20-year-old Tony Chung with a years-long prison sentence for the time being. A court sentenced the activist to three and a half years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to charges of secession. Chung was the founder and chairman of the Student Localism movement. It had been calling for the city to secede from the People’s Republic of China since 2016. In 2020, Chung was detained by plainclothes police outside the US consulate in Hong Kong when he allegedly tried to apply for political asylum.
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