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Hong Kong’s Highest Court Throws Out Prison Sentences for Pro-Democracy Activists

HeadlineFeb 07, 2018

Hong Kong’s highest court has thrown out the prison sentences for three pro-democracy student organizers: Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law. Tuesday’s ruling reverses the August 2017 verdicts in which the three were sentenced to months in prison for helping organize the 2014 pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” protests. The activists, however, cautioned against celebrating the ruling, as the court warned them that any future organizing could result in imprisonment. This is Joshua Wong.

Joshua Wong: “According to the judgment handed down by the Court of Final Appeal, in the future, if there are any similar actions, protesters will still receive imprisonment. So I will not, in any way, describe this as a win, and do not see it as a reason to celebrate.”

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