Hong Kong activists given jail terms for 2014 protests

Aug 17, 2017, 6:47 AM EDT
Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong's portrait.
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Pro-democracy campaigners and leaders from across the world, including the United States, condemned, what critics have dubbed “political imprisonment,” after three Hong Kong activists were handed six to eight months sentence for involvement in anti-China protests in 2014.

Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong, all in their 20s, were at the forefront of mass protests in late 2014 that brought Hong Kong to a standstill for 79 days, writes The Guardian.

On Wednesday, US-based Human Rights Watch expressed concern over waning confidence in the neutrality of Hong Kong’s justice system, adding that there has been a rise in politically-motivated prosecutions against democracy leaders, notes CNN.