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Monday, August 15, 2016, 13:32

HK protest: Probation, community service for student leaders

By Li Xiange
HK protest: Probation, community service for student leaders
Three Hong Kong student protest leaders, from left, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow walk out from a magistrate's court in Hong Kong, Aug 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

HONG KONG – A court Monday showed leniency towards three Hong Kong student leaders who were at the core of the 2014 Occupy Movement.

Theirs was the first conviction and sentencing of student leaders involved in the incident. All the three were leaders of the former student group “Scholarism”.

Former Federation of Students secretary general Alex Chow Yong-kang, 25; Joshua Wong Chi-fung, 19; and Nathan Law Kwun-chung, 23; appeared for sentencing in Eastern Magistrate’s Court.

Chow was sentenced to three weeks in jail, with sentence suspended for one year for taking part in “unlawful assembly”.

Wong was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service for the same charge, while Law 120-hour community service for incitement.

The charges stemmed from the illegal occupation of a fenced area outside government headquarters on September 26, 2014.

Hundreds of protesters scaled a 3-meter fence area – in a protest that grew and mushroomed into the occupation of large sections of Hong Kong’s business core, over the following 79 days.

A charge of incitement against Joshua Wong was dismissed.

Wong and Law later went on to form a new left of center political party, Demosisto, which has become part of localists groups advocating Hong Kong independence.

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