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Student leaders of Hong Kong 'umbrella movement' found guilty

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 01:27

Leaders of a pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong have been found guilty on charges relating to the 2014 protest. Julie Noce reports.

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Student leaders of a massive pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong two years ago have been found guilty of unlawful assembly and inciting violence, a court ruled Thursday. Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, and Nathan Law helped lead a 79-day protest to demand open nominations in the city's chief executive election. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER CONVENER OF STUDENT GROUP SCHOLARISM AND CURRENT GENERAL SECRETARY OF POLITICAL PARTY DEMOSISTO, JOSHUA WONG, SAYING: "... no matter what is the penalty or the price that we need to pay, we will still continue to fight against the suppression from the government and also we know that facing the largest Communist regime in the world, it is a long term battle for us to fight for democracy." Nathan Law was found guilty of inciting violence for prompting people to climb a fence in front of a Hong Kong government building complex in the run-up to the protest. The "Occupy Central" demonstration brought parts of the the city to a stand-still and was seen as one of the boldest challenges to Beijing's Communist Party leaders in decades. Dozens of protesters were injured in the 'umbrella movement'- nicknamed as such for protesters' use of umbrellas to shield themselves from police tear gas and pepper spray. The activists say they're still deciding whether to appeal the ruling. Sentencing for the charges will be handed down next month.

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Student leaders of Hong Kong 'umbrella movement' found guilty

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 01:27