Hong Kong orders prison time for pro-democracy activists
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/17/17, 08:42 am
A Hong Kong court on Thursday overturned an earlier sentence it deemed too lenient and sentenced Joshua Wong and two other pro-democracy activists to prison. A lower court sentenced Wong and Nathan Law last year to community service and gave the third activist, Alex Chow, a suspended, three-week prison sentence. The three students were found guilty of leading the 2014 rally that launched the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. But a three-judge panel today decided to stiffen the sentence after the Hong Kong government appealed it as too light. The court sentenced Wong to six months, Chow to seven months, and Law to eight months. “You can lock up our bodies, but not our minds,” Wong posted on Twitter immediately after the court announced the sentence. “We want democracy in Hong Kong and we will not give up.”
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Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.