Posted on 04.10.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in World with 0 Comments
Hong Kong court has convicted 9 Umbrella Movement activists on yesterday(9) were convicted on public nuisance charges.
According to reports they were accused for their roles in the protest movement that led to the months long occupation of major intersections in the city five years ago and they are to face prison terms of up to seven years.
The protests, which became known as the Umbrella Movement, galvanized the city and sought to force Hong Kong’s top official to step down and the government to accept more democratic means to elect future leaders.
While the protests had no formal leaders, three of the people on trial — Chu Yiu-ming, a retired pastor, and two professors, Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man — were founders of Occupy Central With Love and Peace, one of the main groups advocating civil disobedience to demand changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system. The three were convicted of conspiracy to commit public nuisance. Mr. Tai and Mr. Chan were also convicted of incitement to commit public nuisance.