Hong Kong student leaders spared jail for pro-democracy street protests
Hong Kong (CNN)Two student leaders who brought tens of thousands onto Hong Kong’s streets during pro-democracy protests in 2014 have been spared jail, with a local court saying they genuinely believed in their political ideals.
A magistrates’ court in Hong Kong on Monday sentenced Joshua Wong to 80 hours of community service after he was convicted last month for taking part in a rally on September 26, 2014 in front of Hong Kong’s Central Government Offices. The rally sparked the two-month long Occupy Central demonstrations, also known as the Umbrella Movement.
Nathan Law was sentenced to 120 hours of community service for inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly at that same rally.