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Joshua Wong receives second jail term over 2014 protests
World | society | 16:48, 17 January 2018 | 793

AKIPRESS.COM - A Hong Kong court has jailed activist Joshua Wong for three months, his second prison sentence related to the 2014 pro-democracy protests, BBCreported.

Along with other activists he was found guilty of contempt of court for blocking clearance of a protest site.

He had been on bail pending an appeal against another six-month term in a separate case linked to the protests.

Wong was the public face of the protests against the perceived increase of authoritarian influence from China.

Known as Umbrella Movement, the 2014 protests brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill for nearly three months.

Ahead of the hearing, the 21-year old said he had "no regrets" about his part in the demonstrations.

"They can lock up our bodies but they can't lock up our minds," he said outside the court.

Wong had pleaded guilty, deciding not to fight the charges.

The court denied bail but granted a second hearing with Wong's lawyers for later on Wednesday on the matter.

Fellow activist Raphael Wong was sentenced to four months and 15 days. Several other activists received suspended sentences.

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