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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Hong Kong jails Umbrella Movement leaders

An appeals court imprisoned the three men - including the youngest democratically elected lawmaker in Hong Kong - for 'unlawful assembly' during the months-long pro-democracy protests three years ago

Pro-democracy activists Nathan Law, left, and Joshua Wong, right, were jailed last year for "unlawful assembly" in the protests. Vernon Yuen / EPA
Pro-democracy activists Nathan Law, left, and Joshua Wong, right, were jailed last year for "unlawful assembly" in the protests. Vernon Yuen / EPA

Three of Hong Kong's high-profile pro-democracy leaders were jailed on Thursday for their role in the Umbrella Movement that took the city by storm in 2014.

The three men - Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law, Hong Kong's youngest democratically elected lawmaker - were jailed for six, seven and eight months respectively.

An appeals court in Hong Kong raised their previous non-custodial sentences, and jailed them for "unlawful assembly" during three months of street protests in 2014 that brought the city to a standstill.

The former British colony, which last month celebrated the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, was gridlocked by nearly three months of street protests in 2014's However, the Umbrella Movement failed to convince China to allow full democracy in the city of 7.3 million.

Activists slammed Thursday's decision as evidence that Beijing was tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city.

The former British colony celebrated the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule last month.

* reporting from Agence France-Presse and Retuers