Opposition veteran says ‘no regrets’ over loss of Hong Kong civic honours

Democratic Party ex-chairman Yeung Sum argues role in unauthorised assembly was ‘matter of honour and conscience’, no regret over lost Silver Bauhinia Star.

A veteran Hong Kong opposition politician who was stripped of his civic honours alongside two of his allies over their jail sentences has said he had no regrets, arguing his participation in an unauthorised assembly was a matter of conscience.

Former Democratic Party chairman Yeung Sum, who was released from prison in April after completing a 14-month sentence for taking part in an unauthorised assembly during the 2019 social unrest, also said on Friday that he had not appealed against the government’s decision to strip him of his Silver Bauhinia Star.

“I think it is a matter of honour and conscience for me to stand by the rights to peaceful assembly and protest in Hong Kong,” Yeung, 74, told the Post.