Govt revokes top award from pro-democracy figures

Veteran pro-democracy activists Yeung Sum, Sin Chung-kai, and former law scholar Benny Tai Yiu-ting have been stripped of their civic honors by the government, after the decision was published in the official Gazette on Friday.

The Silver Bauhinia Medal and the Justices of Peace status granted to Yeung and Sin respectively were revoked. The pair was among a dozen pan-democracy heavyweights convicted last year for their roles in several illegal assemblies throughout 2019.

They were released from jail in April after completing their 14-month jail sentence. Sin had also left the city after his release.

Meanwhile, former law scholar Benny Tai Yiu-ting has been stripped of his Medal of Honour - which was awarded in 2001 for his contributions to civic education.

He has been remanded in custody since March last year over a national security case involving him and 46 other opposition politicians and activists.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit subversion for their roles in an unofficial primary election of the legislature in July 2020.

Separately, he has been sentenced to 10 months’ jail last month for illegally incurring election expenses through newspaper advertisements to promote a tactical voting scheme ahead of the 2016 Legislative Council poll.

He had also served 16 months in jail in 2020 for his role in the Occupy Central movement, a civil disobedience movement for greater democracy.