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Hong Kong democracy leaders convicted in Umbrella Movement trial

Apr 09, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Nine activists are all convicted of at least one charge in a prosecution that deployed rarely-used colonial-era public nuisance laws over their participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests

THE UMBRELLA MOVEMENT. Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming (R), law professor Benny Tai (L) and sociology professor Chan Kin-man (C) react as they enter the West Kowloon Magistrates Court in Hong Kong on April 9, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Pioneering democracy trio prepare for trial in Hong Kong

Nov 13, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Most of those prosecuted so far have been young campaigners, but now it is the turn of the older generation whose original idea of taking to the streets to demand a fairer system was a precursor to the rallies

'OCCUPY CENTRAL' FOUNDERS. In this file picture taken on December 3, 2014, (from L to R) founders of the "Occupy Central" movement Chu Yiu-ming, Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man and Chinese Cardinal of the Catholic Church and former bishop of Hong Kong Joseph Zen leave a police station in Hong Kong after Chu, Tai and Chan handed themselves in. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Tensions flare in Hong Kong, a year since mass rallies

Sep 28, 2015 - 9:31 PM

Frustrated activists now say they must regroup and come up with new strategies conceding that changing the minds of Beijing and the Hong Kong government is currently a hopeless task

Policemen block the way to a road as pro-democracy demonstrators and activists gather outside the government headquarters building to mark one year since the start of mass pro-democracy rallies calling for fully free leadership elections in the semi-autonomous city, in Hong Kong on September 28, 2015. The 2014 Occupy protests began after China's central government claimed it was offering a compromise of sorts by allowing a popular vote for the Hong Kong leader in 2017 but insisted candidates were vetted. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Hong Kong Occupy protest leaders arrested

Jan 24, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Occupy Central founder Benny Tai and 2 protest leaders are later released after 3 hours without charge Some call the ongoing police probe into mass protests as harrassment

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong on October 26, 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong protest leader: Block government, not roads

Dec 05, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Benny Tai says the movement has now run its course and warns that protesters now risk further violent clashes with police if they stay in their camps

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong Occupy protest leaders turn themselves in to police

Dec 03, 2014 - 3:22 PM

2ND UPDATE But student protesters who have launched a hunger strike vow they will continue suffering pain for justice

Pro-democracy activists Benny Tai (C) holds hands with Chan Kin-man (L) and Chu Yiu-ming (R) at the end of a press conference in Hong Kong on December 2, 2014. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Hong Kong protest founders to 'surrender', urge students to retreat

Dec 02, 2014 - 3:31 PM

UPDATED As we prepare to surrender we three urge the students to retreat – to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA