Protesters desecrate the national flag during a protest in Sha Tin on September 22. Photo: AFP

Court ruling sparing Hong Kong protester from jail for desecrating national flag will spark anger across China, former city leader Leung Chun-ying warns, while urging justice department to appeal

  • Law Man-chung, 21, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to one count of desecrating national flag
  • Former chief executive compares sentence to case of mainland tourist jailed for four weeks for spraying paint on the outer walls of US consulate
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Protesters desecrate the national flag during a protest in Sha Tin on September 22. Photo: AFP
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Tony Cheung

Tony Cheung

Tony Cheung became a political journalist in 2007. He joined the Post in 2012 and now leads the Hong Kong-mainland relations team on the Hong Kong desk. Tony also writes about the economy, and reports from mainland China, the United States, Germany and Britain.

Sum Lok-kei

Sum Lok-kei

Sum Lok-kei joined the Post in 2018. He is a reporter on the Hong Kong desk.