Joshua Wong jailed for contempt of court in another 2014 case

Former student leader Joshua Wong reacts outside High Court before receiving his sentence in Hong Kong

Former student leader Joshua Wong reacts outside High Court before receiving his sentence in Hong Kong China

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was jailed for the second time yesterday for his role in mass pro-democracy protests as concern grows that prison terms for young campaigners are shutting down debate in the semi-autonomous city as Beijing increases control.

Joshua Wong said Wednesday he has no regrets.

The 21-year-old was one of 20 demonstrators to be found guilty of contempt of court for refusing to obey a court order to leave a protest zone.

Tian made the remarks after the region's high court sentenced "Occupy Central" activists to a few months in jail on Wednesday.

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Wong Ching-tak, the current union president, said the union's role in social movements and the threat of arrest had put off many applicants, stating that "not everyone is willing to stand at the front".

The name of the movement arose from the use of umbrellas as a tool for peaceful resistance to the Hong Kong police during the protests.

Several others involved in the 2014 demonstrations received suspended sentences, according to the South China Morning Post, with the sentences ranging in length from one to two months. He was bailed pending appeal, and awaits a decision on that verdict.

Wong, who was out on bail on public order charges linked to a separate 2014 incident, had earlier said he was ready to go back to jail. "Our determination to fight for genuine universal suffrage will not waver".

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They failed to win concessions and since then leading activists have been charged over their involvement.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 amid promises that the Asian financial hub would enjoy a high degree of autonomy under a so-called "one country, two systems" arrangement.

Wong, who was just 18 in 2014, is now seeking to overturn a six-month sentence for a separate protest action.

In 2014, a package of electoral reforms endorsed by China would have allowed Hong Kong residents to directly vote for their next chief executive in the 2017 election, but only from a list of pre-approved, pro-Beijing candidates. But young people in particular have been highly critical of the ruling body, saying pressure from the Chinese government is threatening freedom of speech and judicial independence.

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The government's move was seen as further evidence of Beijing's growing influence over Hong Kong.

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