Young Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong sentenced to three months in jail

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Hong Kong Protest Leaders Sentencing

A court in Hong Kong has once more jailed Joshua Wong, a former student leader of the city's 2014 pro-democracy movement, after finding him guilty of contempt of court at a trial last October.

Ahead of the hearing, Joshua Wong - who became the teenage face of the Umbrella Movement - said he had "no regrets" about his involvement.

"They can lock up our bodies, but they can't lock up our minds", said Wong, moments before appearing in court.

Tian made the remarks after the region's high court sentenced "Occupy Central" activists to a few months in jail on Wednesday. "He played a leading role on that day".

Before the hearing, Raphael Wong said the government has not responded to activists' demand for "real universal suffrage" in the territory's leadership election.

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Raphael Wong also received a four-month jail sentence, while Shum received a one-month suspended sentence and a fine. Lawyers for both Wongs said they would appeal against the latest sentence, but they were denied an immediate request for bail.

The name of the movement arose from the use of umbrellas as a tool for peaceful resistance to the Hong Kong police during the protests.

Beijing has been further incensed by the emergence of some activists calling for independence for Hong Kong since the failure of the Umbrella Movement to win reform.

In the ruling, Chief Justice Andrew Chan said although Wong had only been at the protest camp for a short time, his involvement in obstructing the clearance operation was "deep and extensive".

Wong's party Demosisto wants self-determination for the city.

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Wong had previously been jailed for six months under the charge of unlawful assembly, in August 2017, for taking part in the "Umbrella Movement".

Hong Kong has been granted a high degree of autonomy under the "one country, two systems" principle.

The agreement allows citizens rights unseen on the mainland, including freedom of speech and a partially directly elected Parliament, as well as an independent judiciary, but there are concerns those liberties are being eroded.

Wednesday's sentencing came after the High Court heard earlier that the activists remained in an "occupied" zone in Mong Kok on November 26, 2014 even after bailiffs announced the court injunction to the protesters and tried to clear the street with police assistance.

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