April 20, 2018

Joshua Wong: Hong Kong protest leader avoids jail

Their arrest sparked a mass pro-democracy movement that occupied parts of Hong Kong for almost three months

The leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, which saw mass rallies in 2014, have been sentenced.
Joshua Wong, who became the teenage face of the protests, was given 80 hours of community service for unlawful assembly.
Nathan Law was sentenced to 120 hours, while Alex Chow was given a three week prison sentence suspended for a year.
The three were facing a maximum of two years in jail.
Wong, 19, as well as Law and Chow climbed over a fence into the forecourt of the Hong Kong government complex on 26 September 2014.
Their arrest helped trigger mass pro-democracy protests, which came to be known as the Umbrella Movement, that brought parts of the city to a standstill for nearly three months.
The movement called on Beijing to allow fully free elections for the leader of the semi-autonomous territory.
However, it failed to win any concessions from Beijing on political reform.

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