LettersProud Boys leader would have been jailed under Hong Kong’s national security law too
Readers discuss the similarities between seditious conspiracy in the US and subversion under Hong Kong’s national security law, the recent sentencing of a defendant who pleaded guilty in a national security case, and the war in UkraineHong Kong courtsLettersPublished: 2:30pm, 18 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP
Feel strongly about these letters, or any other aspects of the news? Share your views by emailing us your Letter to the Editor at[email protected]or filling inthis Google form. Submissions should not exceed 400 words, and must include your full name and address, plus a phone number for verification.A US court recently handed down a 22-year sentence to Enrique Tarrio, leader of far-right militia Proud Boys, after he was found guilty of seditious conspiracy. Prosecutors were successful in arguing that Tarrio was guilty of seditious acts for his part in organising the mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.Both Hong Kong and the US have seen mobs break into and vandalise the seat of legislative authority and both have seen the prosecution use national security laws to punish offenders.
The US has been a vocal critic of Hong Kong’s national security law. However, Tarrio and others were charged in the US with crimes that practically mirror those under Hong Kong’s national security law.