Hong Kong’s High Court sentenced Joshua Wong, a student activist who became the face of the city’s pro-democracy protests in 2014, to three months in prison.
Hong Kong’s High Court sentenced Joshua Wong, a student activist who became the face of the city’s pro-democracy protests in 2014, to three months in prison Wednesday for blocking the clearance of a protest camp.
It was the second prison sentence handed to Wong stemming from his involvement in the 79-days of protests in 2014 known as the “Umbrella Movement.”
Wong, 21, had pleaded guilty last year to failing to comply with a court order to clear a protest camp that was blocking a main road during protests to oppose Beijing’s influence on elections for the chief executive of the semiautonomous city.
The High Court sentenced Wong’s fellow activist Raphael Wong to four months and 15 days in prison Wednesday. Fourteen others, including another prominent former student leader, Lester Shum, received suspended sentences.
The defendants’ ages at he time of the offenses ranged from 18 to 65, the South China Morning Post reported.
Joshua and Raphael Wong applied for bail pending an appeal but the judge ruled that he had no power to grant them bail, according to the SCMP.
“Keep it up, everyone!” Joshua Wong called out to the court before officers escorted him away.
Ahead of the hearing, he vowed to keep fighting for democracy. “They can lock up our body, but they can’t lock up our mind,” he told reporters.