Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was jailed for the second time Wednesday for his position in mass pro-democracy protests as concern grows that jail phrases for younger campaigners are shutting down debate within the semi-autonomous metropolis as Beijing will increase management.
Wong, 21, who turned the face of the 2014 Umbrella Movement, was handed a three-month sentence on a contempt cost for obstructing clearance of a serious protest encampment, to which he had pleaded responsible.
He was already on bail pending an attraction over a six-month sentence for one more protest-related offence.
Judge Andrew Chan described Wong’s involvement in obstructing the clearance in 2014 as “deep and extensive” in his written judgement.
“He played a leading role on that day,” he added. “The only appropriate punishment for Mr Wong is immediate imprisonment.”
The 2014 protests in Hong Kong had been an unprecedented rebuke to Beijing as tens of hundreds introduced elements of the town to a standstill demanding absolutely free management elections to exchange a system the place the chief government is chosen by a pro-Beijing committee
Fellow activist Raphael Wong was jailed for 4 months and 15 days over the identical incident.
Chan denied each bail however defence attorneys pushed for him to rethink his determination and had been granted an extra listening to Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile each activists had been taken into custody by safety guards.
“Our determination to fight for democracy will not change!” Raphael Wong shouted as he was led away.
Fourteen different defendants together with main activist Lester Shum got suspended sentences on contempt expenses.
Campaigners concern that the raft of circumstances in opposition to activists and the jail phrases handed right down to democracy leaders are discouraging younger individuals from expressing their views and exercising their proper to peaceable protest.
Freedom of speech and demonstration is protected by the town’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.
Ahead of the listening to, Joshua Wong — who turned the teenage face of the Umbrella Movement — stated he had “no regrets” about his involvement.
“They can lock up our bodies but they can’t lock up our minds,” he advised reporters.
Dozens of supporters gathered exterior the High Court, chanting: “Civil disobedience, no fear!” and “I’m a Hong Konger, I want universal suffrage!”
They had been countered by a small group of pro-Beijing protesters waving the nationwide flag of China and supporting Hong Kong’s division of justice. They displayed a banner calling the activists “mobsters” and saying they have to “pay the price” in jail.