Hong Kong’s self-styled ‘Captain America’ was sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison on charges of inciting secession under Hong Kong’s national security law by chanting pro-independence slogans at protests. 

Adam Ma Chun, 31, who had worked as a food delivery boy and called himself “second-generation Captain America,” was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 11, by a District Court to 5 years and 9 months in prison for holding separatist demonstrations on 20 occasions from Aug. 15 to Nov. 22, 2020, according to the Daily Mail.

Judge Stanley Chan Kwong-chi who handed down the sentence said the defendant intentionally wanted to incite secession and showed no remorse, so he believed the sentence was deserved, as he “wantonly denigrated the national security law.”

“The defendant did not commit the offence out of momentary impulse. He always came prepared and advocated his stance aloud. He even posed as a ‘second-generation’ Captain America. The gratification of doing all these was written all over his face,” the judge said.

As it transpired, the young man had dubbed himself “second-generation Captain America” in reference to a prominent protester dressed as the superhero during the 2014 Occupy movement and the Mong Kok riot in 2016 as the SCMP informed.

He became well-known as he participated in the protests carrying a Captain America shield.

For the new national security law imposed by the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong, all those who pose a threat to the interests of the Chinese regime, in this case, those who demonstrate in defense of democracy for the island and against communism, are accused of committing secession or subversion.

The Chinese regime uses the aforementioned law to persecute political dissents and undermine the freedom of Hong Kongers, and anyone suspected of violating it is tried under Beijing’s processes of dubious legality. The ultimate goal is total state control under the oppressive communist ideology as ruled by the CCP in China.

In a letter, dated Sept. 28 corresponding to the first day of his trial, Adam Ma Chun wrote from the jail where he was housed, that his actions were inspired by Hong Kong independence activist Edward Leung Tin-kei, who is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for his pro-democracy demonstrations.

“Today is the 311th day I have been in jail,” Ma wrote in the letter. “I have denied the allegation, but my mind is exceptionally calm, even with a bit of joy.”

“Your Lordship, I do not feel any shame, nor do I have the least bit of remorse for what I have done in the past. I also promise that I will not display the slightest bit of weakness in the fight for democracy and justice,” he added.

‘On my road to democracy and freedom, I can’t afford to be a coward,’ he said.

It should be noted that Ma was convicted only for uttering words in favor of Hong Kong’s freedom and displaying placards during his peaceful protests. 

Regarding this conviction, Kyle War, secretary-general of Amnesty International, said it was “outrageous,” adding that it “This conviction and sentencing clearly shows that restrictions on the right to freedom of expression in Hong Kong are dangerously disproportionate.”

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