Hong Kong 'Umbrella Revolution' leader convicted for protests

Student leaders (L to R) Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow speak to the media before facing a court verdict over charges related to a protest leading up to pro-democracy rallies in 2014A key figure in Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ was convicted Thursday of participating in a protest that sparked mass pro-democracy rallies, in a prosecution blasted as a “chilling warning” by rights campaigners. Joshua Wong — who led the demonstrations that paralysed the city for months — could be jailed for up to two years following the verdict, which comes as tensions remain high in the semi-autonomous city with fears growing that Beijing is tightening its grip. Rights group Amnesty International described cases against peaceful protesters as intimidation Thursday in the wake of the verdict.

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