U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi condemns China's sentencing of Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam

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      One of America's most influential politicians has spoken out against China's imprisonment of three Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders.

      House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the sentencing of Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam as "appalling".

      "This injustice is clear proof that Beijing will stop at nothing to stamp out dissent and to destroy the freedoms and real autonomy guaranteed to the people of Hong Kong," Pelosi said in a statement.

      Wong, 24, was sent to jail for 13.5 months, whereas Chow, 23, received a 10-month term and Lam, 26, will spend seven months behind bars.

      They pleaded guilty to organizing an unauthorized assembly opposing measures to dilute freedoms in Hong Kong.

      Wong was secretary-general of the pro-democracy party Demosistō, which was disbanded after a Hong Kong national security law took effect at the end of June. 

      “The United States Congress on a bipartisan and bicameral basis remains seriously concerned about the alleged mistreatment of Joshua Wong in prison, including his placement in solitary confinement," Pelosi said. "At the same time, we are disturbed by the prospect of China pressing additional charges against these activists, which could result in additional years of jail time. 

      “The United States Congress has always spoken with one voice in defense of those oppressed by Beijing and in support of freedom, justice and real autonomy for the people of Hong Kong.  We call on all freedom-loving people around the world to join us in denouncing this unjust sentencing and China’s widespread assault on Hong Kongers.”

      As of this writing, there's been no comment from Global Affairs Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, or U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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