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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest leaders sentenced | News | DW

Hong Kong pro-democracy protest leaders sentenced | News | DW

A court in Hong Kong handed down sentences of up to 16 months to eight leaders of the city’s “Umbrella Movement” on Wednesday, a month after they were found guilty of organizing a 79-day pro-democracy protest in 2014.

The movement had demanded Hong Kong’s 5 million voters be given the right to choose the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Read more: Hong Kong umbrella movement leaders say ‘freedom is on trial’

What were the sentences?

  • Sixteen months in jail for professors Benny Tai and Chan Kinman.
  • A suspended sentence of two years for Reverend Chu Yiu-ming.
  • Eight months in prison for two defendants.
  • Eight-month suspended sentences for another two leaders.
  • Two hundred hours of community service for student leader Tommy Cheung.

amp/dj (AP, dpa)

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