(LR) The pro-democracy activists Chan Kin-man, Benny Tai, and Chu Yiu-ming arrive in Hong Kong in April 23, 201
HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong court on Wednesday arrested key leaders of the pro-democracy "Occupy" movement of 2014, which highlights the political divisions almost five years after the protests China governed city.
The verdicts came after nine Occupy leaders were found guilty during the protest in a trial alleged by critics, stressing the decline in political freedoms in the former British colony.
Law professor Benny Tai (54) and retired sociologist Chan Kin-man (60) were each jailed for 16 months because the conspiracy resulted in public harassment. Retired Pastor Chu Yiu-ming, 75, received a suspended sentence.
The trio were found guilty of conspiracy to have committed public harassment over their leadership role in planning and mobilizing supporters during the 79-day protest. They were not guilty of the charges.
coverage by James Pomfret and Jessie Pang; Letter from Anne Marie Roantree; Cut by Michael Perry