Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed over 2014 pro-democracy protest

Dianna Christensen
January 19, 2018

Joshua Wong Chi-fung, the young activist who played a key part in Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy street protests, was sent to jail again on Wednesday after he was found guilty of contempt of court.

Before the hearing, Wong said he had "no regrets".

"They can lock up our bodies, but they can't lock up our minds", he told reporters before the sentencing hearing. Wong and some others in the case had pleaded guilty previous year for failing to comply with a court order to clear out of a protest camp during the 79-day "Umbrella Movement" protests in late 2014.

Wong, 21, who became the face of the 2014 Umbrella Movement, was handed a three-month sentence on a contempt charge for obstructing clearance of a major protest encampment, to which he pleaded guilty.

Wong Ching-tak, the current union president, said the union's role in social movements and the threat of arrest had put off many applicants, stating that "not everyone is willing to stand at the front".

Raphael Wong also received a four-month jail sentence, while Shum received a one-month suspended sentence and a fine.

They were countered by a small group of pro-Beijing protesters waving the national flag of China and supporting Hong Kong's department of justice. Both are already on bail related to separate cases.

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As he was being taken away to jail, Raphael Wong said: "Thank you, your honour, for your ruling".

"Our determination to fight for democracy will not change!"

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. "We hope the pro-democracy camp will unite".

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

Hong Kong has been governed by a "one country, two systems" agreement since 1997 when Britain handed the territory back to China.

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.

It's the latest legal setback for Wong, who has been involved in multiple court cases in the aftermath of the protests, including one that also resulted in a prison sentence, which he's appealing.

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