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Young Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong sentenced to three months in jail

Young Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong sentenced to three months in jail”

On Wednesday, the Court of First Instance sentenced Raphael Wong and Joshua Wong to 4.5 months and three months in prison respectively over the involvement in the clearance of a Mong Kok Occupy site in 2014.

The recent Department of Justice appeal to lengthen the sentences of Northeast New Territories and Umbrella Movement protesters had deterred students from joining social movements and becoming involved in student affairs, he added. Lawyers for both the Wongs said they would appeal, but they were denied an immediate request for bail. "Our determination to fight for genuine universal suffrage will not waver".

Raphael Wong deserved heavier sentence because he had incited people to disobey the injunction, and because he chose not to plead guilty, Chan said.

A pro-democracy young activist Lester Shum arrives at the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

Raphael Wong Ho-ming, vice-chairman of the League of Social Democrats, was sentenced to four-and-a-half months in jail, while the other 14 received suspended sentences or fines.

While a spirited young generation has given Hong Kong's flagging push for democracy fresh impetus, some 100 key activists have, or could be, jailed in upcoming trials, in what critics say is an attempt to counter the movement's momentum.

Freedom of speech and demonstration is protected by the city's mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

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Before the hearing, Wong said he had "no regrets". Umbrellas became a symbol of defiance when they were used as shields against police pepper spray and batons.

Wednesday's jailings are seen as part of a broad crackdown on protesters who joined the Umbrella Movement, and scores more could go to jail in coming weeks in what activists reckon is an attempt to smother the democracy movement.

They failed to win concessions and since then leading activists have been charged over their involvement.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping after she swore an oath of office on the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, July 1, 2017.

Wong's party Demosisto wants self-determination for the city.

Along with fellow protest leaders Nathan Law and Alex Chow, Wong was sentenced to several months in prison in August, in a revised ruling viewed by many as politically motivated.



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