Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement activist convicted for protesting

| Updated: Jul 21, 2016 21:06 IST

Beijing, July 21 (ANI): A Hong Kong court on Thursday convicted Joshua Wong, the teenage activist who was one of the most recognisable faces of the city's umbrella movement protests, guilty of "illegal assembly" in the former British colony. Nineteen- year old Wong, was convicted of unlawfully entering a fenced off area outside Hong Kong's government headquarters on September 26, 2014, which helped launch a 79-day street occupation, reports The Guardian. The protest was described as the greatest challenge to China's Communist rulers since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. Local broadcaster RTHK reported that another prominent student leader, Alex Chow, was found guilty of the same offence while Nathan Law, a third activist, was convicted of inciting others to join the unlawful action. Wong speaking outside Hong Kong's eastern court, where the verdicts were delivered said, "We do not regret what we have done." The three activists were released on bail and will be sentenced on August 15. Meanwhile, Amnesty International said the guilty verdicts sent "a chilling warning for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly" in Hong Kong. While Umbrella Movement, a pro-democracy political movement in 2014, failed to receive concessions from Beijing, Wong has vowed to fight for the universal suffrage. (ANI)