Briton Jailed for China Protest

Matt Pearce, an English teacher living in Hong Kong, has been sentenced to six months in jail for staging a protest against China’s human rights record. From the BBC:

He hung banners on the Tsing Ma Bridge on 8 August last year – the opening day of the Beijing Olympics.

Pearce was found guilty of causing a public nuisance earlier this month but was cleared of a common assault charge.

In 2006, the veteran activist, who founded an organisation called International Action, was sentenced to 21 days in prison after dressing as Spiderman and scaling a giant television screen in the Central district of Hong Kong on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square killings.

March 30, 2009 4:21 PM
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