In response to a mass protest had in 2014 that paralyzed the city of Hong Kong for months and infuriated Beijing, the court of law on Wednesday in the city has jailed four prominent leaders of the democratic movement that led the protest including two professors
the longest sentences of 16 months in jail was received by the professors; Chan Kin-man, Sociology professor, 60, and Benny Tai, Law professor, 54. supporters gathered outside the court and displayed their displeasure to such judgement
Two other leaders — activist Raphael Wong and lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun — received eight month sentences while the rest either had their jail terms suspended or received a community service order. One defendant, lawmaker Tanya Chan, had her sentencing adjourned because she needs brain surgery.
Tai and Chan founded a civil disobedience campaign known as “Occupy Central” in 2013 alongside 75-year-old Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, who was one of the defendants to have his jail term suspended.
Supporters were at the court on Wednesday before the judgment and after, they gave encouragement to the defendants and chanted numerous songs and words of encouragement.
“We shall overcome”
“Add Oil”, which is meant to signal encouragement
“Stay strong and be positive,”