HONG KONG—A Hong Kong decide sentenced newspaper publisher Jimmy Lai to fourteen months in jail right after he was convicted on charges relevant to his involvement in two large but peaceful protests in 2019.

Martin Lee, the 82-12 months-old founder of the city’s democracy motion, obtained a suspended sentence for his function in one particular of the mass protests.

The prosecutions, involving a overall of 9 distinguished pro-democracy campaigners, carry symbolic weight some ten months into China’s sweeping crackdown on the former British colony, which has drawn stern rebukes from the U.S. and other Western governments. The activists convicted have been mostly responsible for originating Hong Kong’s democracy motion before its 1997 handover to China, and their prosecutions are noticed by several as a indicator of Beijing’s intent to crush that marketing campaign at its roots.

For Mr. Lee, a attorney who assisted observed Hong Kong’s 1st pro-democracy party three a long time ago and assisted write the city’s mini constitution, the sentence follows his 1st criminal conviction in a lifetime of activism carried out as a result of lawful signifies.

For Mr. Lai, an outspoken tycoon whose newspaper frequently criticizes China’s authoritarian government, the jail time period provides to a mounting list of legal troubles relevant to his activism. Already in jail awaiting trial on overseas collusion charges less than the nationwide safety law that China imposed on Hong Kong, Mr. Lai, 73, faces the prospect of existence behind bars.