Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong jailed for contempt

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong court has sentenced Joshua Wong, a student leader of the 2014 "Umbrella Movement", to 3 months in prison for contempt of court.

Before the hearing, Wong said he had "no regrets".

The "Umbrella Movement", which drew hundreds of thousands of protesters at its peak, was formed after Wong and other demonstrators stormed into a courtyard fronting the city's government headquarters in September 2014, demanding an end to China's pre-screening of candidates for election of the region's leader.

A Hong Kong court sentenced Wong to three months in jail in a contempt case stemming from pro-democracy protests.

"He played a leading role on that day", he added.

A Hong Kong court has jailed activist Joshua Wong for the second time over his role in the country's pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" protests.

The name of the movement arose from the use of umbrellas as a tool for peaceful resistance to the Hong Kong police during the protests.

Fellow activist Raphael Wong was jailed for four months, while others were handed suspended sentences.

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Chan denied both bail but defence lawyers pushed for him to reconsider his decision and were granted a further hearing yesterday afternoon.

In the ruling, Chief Justice Andrew Chan said although Wong had only been at the protest camp for a short time, his involvement in obstructing the clearance operation was "deep and extensive".

Wong, who was out on bail on public order charges linked to a separate 2014 incident, had earlier said he was ready to go back to jail.

Benedict Rogers, founder and chair of the United Kingdom -based rights group Hong Kong Watch, tells TIME he was "surprised and shocked" by the ruling, but that it will be unlikely to derail Wong and his peers in their pursuit of universal suffrage and democratic norms in Hong Kong.

The former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 amid promises that it would keep a high degree of autonomy, but activists accuse Beijing of tightening control in recent years.

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

The prison term dealt the latest blow to Wong, who was sentenced in August to six months in prison after he was found guilty of unlawful assembly. But young people in particular have been highly critical of the ruling body, saying pressure from the Chinese government is threatening freedom of speech and judicial independence.

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