Joshua Wong Imprisoned Again for 2014 Protests

Joshua Wong Imprisoned Again for 2014 Protests

Joshua Wong Imprisoned Again for 2014 Protests

A court in Hong Kong has once more jailed Joshua Wong, a former student leader of the city's 2014 pro-democracy movement, after finding him guilty of contempt of court at a trial last October.

Mr Wong is secretary-general of the Demosisto party, which calls for self-determination for Hong Kong, having risen to prominence as a student leader during the 2014 protests with the Scholarism movement he founded as a teenager.

Wong was charged with failing to comply with a court order to clear a road in the protest.

"He played a leading role on that day", the judge said.

Wednesday's jailings are seen as part of a broad crackdown on protesters who joined the Umbrella Movement, and scores more could go to jail in coming weeks in what activists reckon is an attempt to smother the democracy movement.

As the judge said he had no power to grant bail to the duo, they were sent to a correctional facility in Lai Chi Kok Wednesday evening to serve time.

Before the hearing, Raphael Wong said the government has not responded to activists' demand for "real universal suffrage" in the territory's leadership election.

"Our determination to fight for democracy will not change!" Umbrellas became a symbol of defiance after protesters used them as shields against police pepper spray and batons.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping after she swore an oath of office on the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, July 1, 2017.

The decision is the second prison term for Wong over his role in the mass pro-democracy protest.

Hong Kong has been granted a high degree of autonomy under the "one country, two systems" principle.

It's the latest legal setback for Wong, who has been involved in multiple court cases in the aftermath of the protests, including one that also resulted in a prison sentence, which he's appealing. This allows freedom of speech and a partially directly elected parliament, as well as an independent judiciary, but there are concerns those liberties are being eroded.

Wong and fellow campaigners Nathan Law and Alex Chow were originally given non-custodial sentences by a lower court over that incident, but after the government's intervention they were jailed by the Court of Appeal.

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