Hong Kong Couple Arrested for Protesting Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison – Decide to Wed First

Tong Wai-hung and Elaine To decided to go ahead and get married despite each facing up to 10 years in prison for their opposition to the highly controversial extradition law changes in China.

The South China Morning Post reported in August –

Two people facing riot charges in Hong Kong  have tied the knot at the city’s Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry.

Dozens of friends, family members and supporters packed a registration room to witness the wedding ceremony for Tong Wai-hung and Elaine To on August 4, 2019.

The couple, who co-own a private gym in Central, were arrested on July 28 during a police operation to clear extradition law protesters in Sheung Wan.

They were each charged with one count of rioting, which can carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. They are among 44 people in the first batch of suspects arrested in protests for such offences.

Tong Wai-hung and Elaine To are not unique in one case.  Most all the individuals arrested in recent protests in Hong Kong are facing up to 10 years in prison for their actions.

Freedom is not free.

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