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Umbrella Movement Protestors to Stand Trial Alongside Six Other Protest Leaders

The original architects of Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement are set to go on trial next Monday and face possible jail time as the city’s courts continue to prosecute protest leaders four years after the massive demonstrations came to an end.  Benny Tai, Chan Kinman and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming all face charges of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance, incitement to commit a public nuisance, and “incitement to incite” public nuisance. They now face up to seven years in prison.  The trio originally proposed what became known as the "Umbrella Movement" in 2013 under the banner “Occupy Central With Love and Peace.”  While the protests took their cue from "Occupy Wall Street" in New York, Hong Kong protesters demanded universal suffrage to elect the city’s top leader.  Chan said the group expected a backlash for their leadership role but they could not have anticipated how much harder the courts have come down on demonstrations in the past four years.  “We already understand that taking civil disobedience action that we might have to shoulder the legal consequence. But before that in fact for people who took action of similar kind they would just be charged for unauthorized assembly or participation in unlawful assembly,” Chan said.  “We already prepared for it and understood that there may be serious consequences for our jobs as professors, but we never expected they would have this kind of very peculiar charge which now can have a maximum penalty of seven years of imprisonment,” he said. Unlike many of the Umbrella Movement’s youthful leaders, such as Joshua Wong, who became one of the most globally recognized faces of the protest at age 18, Chan and Tai are both respected professors in their fifties while Chu is a Baptist minister.  “They are the prominent and senior leaders in... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Umbrella Movement Protestors to Stand Trial Alongside Six Other Protest Leaders, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Umbrella Movement Protestors to Stand Trial Alongside Six Other Protest Leaders

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

 

 

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