Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Massacre Protest Teacher Spared Jail

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Massacre Protest Teacher Spared Jail

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A briton was yesterday spared an immediate prison sentence for staging a political protest in Hong Kong.

Teacher Matt Pearce, 31, was convicted of causing a public nuisance after scaling a giant TV screen dressed as Spider-Man to protest about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Mr Pearce, from Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol, had been sentenced to 21 days in prison, but at an appeal hearing in the Hong Kong High Court suspended the jail term for 18 months.

Speaking from his home on the island, Mr Pearce said the sentence would not deter him from future protests.

He said: "I'm relieved to be a free man, but I was prepared to go to jail for what I believe in.

"Eighteen months is a long time for an activist like me not to do anything and I'm not a man who is easily stopped.

"I always think carefully about what I'm doing, but it needs activists like me to take a stand."

Mr Pearce is a founding member of International Action, a political group in Hong Kong. …

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