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Hong Kong Convicts Teen Protest Leader

A Hong Kong court has found a teenage protest leader guilty of taking part in an illegal rally.

Joshua Wong’s arrest at the first rally resulted in the student-led pro-democracy street protests two years ago.

The nineteen-year-old tweeted after the magistrate handed down the conviction that he had been “found guilty of the charge of participating unlawful assembly by court of Hong Kong”.

Two other young student leaders, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, were also convicted following their trial earlier this year.

They all face up to two years in prison.

The trio were charged with storming into a courtyard that became known as Civic Square beside the Hong Kong government complex in September 2014 to protest at Beijing’s decision to restrict elections for the semi-autonomous region’s top leader.

Wong became globally famous for his role in leading the protests, which brought about the former British colony’s most tumultuous period in decades.

Speaking after his court appearance, Wong said: “We might need to go into prison.

“However, no matter what is the penalty or the price that we need to pay, we will still continue to fight against suppression from the government, and also we know that facing the largest communist regime in the world, is a long term battle for us to fight for democracy.

“Even (if) we face the serious penalty, or we may need to pay the price in the future, we will still continue to fight and push forward the self-determination movement.”

Following the men’s initial arrest, huge crowds of demonstrators gathered to demand their release and that protest led to police firing tear gas at the protesters.

In retaliation, more demonstrators took to the streets and stayed there for 79 days as they demanded greater democracy for Hong Kong.

The protests became known as the Umbrella Movement because of the yellow umbrellas the demonstrators carried.

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