The sun reflects off the outer wall of the High Court in Hong Kong on March 28, 2012. (AFP)
HONG KONG - A Hong Kong court on Friday found three young activists – Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Lester Shum and Raphael Wong Ho-ming – guilty of contempt of court for obstructing a court-ordered clearance of a key junction during the massive Occupy Central movement in 2014.
The court also convicted 17 other demonstrators.
The case marks Joshua Wong’s second Occupy-related conviction. In August, the leading student activist was sentenced to an immediate six-month prison term along with two other student leaders – Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang – for their role in the violent storming of a restricted area in front of the government headquarters which triggered the Occupy movement.
At the time of the obstruction leading to Friday’s conviction, the protesters knew of the injunction order given by the court; their presence at the place hindered the bailiff from clearing the road in Mong Kok, High Court Judge Andrew Chan Hing-wai said.
Previously, Joshua Wong and Shum – former secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students – and nine others had admitted liability for committing contempt of court. Raphael Wong, along with eight suspects, denied the charges.
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