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Hong Kong protest leaders avoid jail time at sentencing

[JURIST] A Hong Kong court on Monday sentenced three leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy protests who were convicted on charges related to their occupation of a government building. Joshua Wong and Alex Chow, prominent leaders of the Umbrella Revolution [Guardian backgrounder], were convicted of unlawful assembly, while a third activist, Nathan Law, was found to have incited others to join that unlawful assembly. The court sentenced [HKFP report] Wong and Law to 80 and 120 hours of community service, respectively. Chow was given a three-week suspended jail sentence.

The charges stem from 79 days [Time report] of street protests in Hong Kong, during which time pro-democracy protesters occupied [JURIST report] a number of public roads and buildings. Wong and Law are currently the leaders of the Demosisto [party website, in Chinese] political party and were planning to stand for legislative elections in November.

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