The 90-year-old cardinal was brought to trial in China. It’s about anti-government protests

In addition to Zen, a retired Hong Kong bishop, the dock includes former local parliament members Margaret Ng and Cyd Ho, famous singer Denise Ho, and activists Hui Po-keung and She Ching-wee. They plead not guilty.

They are accused of incorrectly registering a legal and financial aid fund for participants in the 2019 mass protests arrested by the authorities against the Chinese communist government’s tightening of control over Hong Kong.

According to the public station RTHK, the defendants face a fine of PLN 10,000. hole. Hong Kong (PLN 6.3 thousand). While this is a much smaller penalty than in many other protest cases, some experts view the action against a Catholic clergyman and five influential activists as a show trial intended to intimidate other activists.

Cardinal Zen is a loud critic of the communist authorities of the PRC and of the agreement concluded by Beijing and the Vatican on the ordination of bishops. The Holy See expressed concern because of his arrest in May. Zen was later released on bail.

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