Hong Kong pro-democracy 'Occupy' activists jailed for role in mass protests

Hong Kong pro-democracy 'Occupy' activists jailed for role in mass protests

Professors Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man take part in the second anniversary of the movement outside t
Professors Benny Tai (left) and Chan Kin-man, founders of Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, take part in the second anniversary of the movement outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, China, Sep 28, 2016. (Photo: Reuters/Bobby Yip)

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong court on Wednesday (Apr 24) jailed key leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy "Occupy" movement in a move that highlights political divisions nearly five years after protests rocked the China-ruled city.

The sentences came after nine leaders of the Occupy movement were found guilty of public nuisance during the protest in a trial that critics said underscored the decline of political freedoms in the former British colony.

Law professor Benny Tai, 54, and retired sociologist Chan Kin-man, 60, were each jailed for 16 months for conspiracy to commit public nuisance. Retired pastor Chu Yiu-ming, 75, received a suspended sentence.

The trio were found guilty of conspiracy to commit public nuisance over their leading role in planning and mobilising supporters during the 79-day protest. They had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Source: Reuters/zl

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