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Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong sent back to jail

Prominent Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was sent back to prison Thursday after he lost an attempt to quash a jail sentence over his leadership of huge democracy protests five years ago. Wong, 22, became one of the most recognisable faces of the Umbrella Movement in 2014 which paralysed key intersections of the financial hub for more than two months. Protesters were demanding a greater say in how the city is run, including the right for Hong Kongers to directly elect the city s leader. The movement -- which took its name from the umbrellas protesters used to defend themselves against police -- failed to win any concessions from the city s pro-Beijing authorities, and its leaders faced a slew of prosecutions. Wong, who was 17 when the protests began, was jailed for three months in January 2018 on a contempt charge after pleading guilty to obstructing the clearance of a major protest camp. He served only six days of that sentence before being released on bail pending an ...

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