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Tens of thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists

07:09 EDT 20 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

Tens of thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activistsBy Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city's judiciary. On Thursday, Joshua Wong, 20, Nathan Law, 24 and Alex Chow, 27, were jailed for six to eight months for unlawful assembly, dealing a blow to the youth-led push for universal suffrage and prompting accusations of political interference. Former student leader Lester Shum, who helped to organize Sunday's rally, said the number of protesters was the highest since the "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests in 2014 that paralyzed major roads in the financial center for 79 days.


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