Friday, 22 July 2016

Three Occupy Student Leaders are Convicted

Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were leaders of Occupy protests
And so it began...

Two years ago on September 26, the government closed off an area at its headquarters, a large space that was dubbed Civic Square.

It seemed ironic the government was not allowing taxpayers into a space that they had essentially paid for, but this only propelled student activists like Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Alex Chow Yong-kang and Nathan Law Kwun-chung into climbing the fence and occupying Civic Square.

They did get into Civic Square and Law encouraged others to storm the area too, but they were quickly surrounded by police. It was deadlocked for two days until that fateful Sunday, when members of the public demanded the police let the student activists go.

The police surrounded those who had stormed Civic Square
Later that afternoon all chaos broke loose in Admiralty, and thousands of people began spreading out into the streets, which suddenly began the start of the 79-day protest.

And now the three student leaders have been convicted for what they did.

Wong and Chow were found guilty of unlawful assembly, and Law was convicted of inciting others to join in an unlawful assembly.

While the three were released on bail, it is the first time the trio were criminally convicted and will be sentenced on August 15.

The maximum sentence they could get is a HK$5,000 fine and three years in jail.

Law said they did not regret what they did. "Because of our actions, the 'umbrella movement' started, and we believe it is very important for Hong Kong," he said. "We still think we did something right."

While we admire their actions from two years ago, where has this led us? Things have become more divisive than ever, though for the pan-democratic side, it's more honest in being outspoken and true to their hearts.

We'll have to see how their sentences play out, if it seems like the judiciary has an opinion about this trio...

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