Hong Kong police officers stand guard outside the court building as democracy activists Joshua Wong (C) and Nathan Law (R) and three others are charged with unlawful assembly on June 4, 2017, during a “Umbrella Movement” pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
A group of democracy activists in Hong Kong have been found guilty of unlawful assembly for their involvement in the 2014 “Umbrella Movement” protests. They have been sentenced to paying fines and community service.
Forty-two activists were accused of blocking central Hong Kong and occupying protest sites in 2014 during a “crossroads” between protests seeking full democracy in the semiautonomous city and an October vote on reforming the city’s political system.
Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were convicted of two counts of unlawful assembly. Other activists found guilty include Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung.
One activist, who remained unidentified for his own safety, was found not guilty and the other activists received reduced charges.
Pro-democracy activists packed the gallery to support the defendants, who shouted in anger as Judge Angela Chan decided their sentences.
Chief executive Carrie Lam said she hopes the verdict doesn’t threaten political reforms.
“Such behavior will not scare us. On the contrary, it will strengthen our determination to conduct any legislative reform in a way that strengthens Hong Kong’s status in the world,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.