Joshua Wong, Hong Kong activist in Umbrella Motion protests, imprisoned three months

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong

Joshua Wong said Wednesday he has no regrets.

"They can lock up our bodies, but they cannot lock up our minds", Wong told reporters outside the High Court before the ruling was handed down.

Wong who was the public face of the protests along with other activists was found guilty of contempt of court for blocking clearance of a protest site.

"He played a leading role on that day", he added.

Campaigners fear that these cases against activists and jail terms given to democracy leaders would discourage young people from expressing their views and exercising their right to peaceful protest. Umbrellas became a symbol of defiance when they were used as shields against police pepper spray and batons.

Fourteen other defendants including activist Lester Shum were given suspended sentences on contempt charges.

In the ruling, Chief Justice Andrew Chan said although Wong had only been at the protest camp for a short time, his involvement in obstructing the clearance operation was "deep and extensive".

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As the judge said he had no power to grant bail to the duo, they were sent to a correctional facility in Lai Chi Kok Wednesday evening to serve time.

"Our determination to fight for democracy will not change!"

The former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 amid promises that it would keep a high degree of autonomy, but activists accuse Beijing of tightening control in recent years. Joshua Wong's Demosisto colleague Agnes Chow will contest the Hogn Kong Island seat.

Joshua Wong had been on bail, awaiting appeal against a six-month jail term imposed last August for a separate charge.

According to the Basic Law, the mini-constitution in effect since Hong Kong's handover to China, Beijing promised to allow elections of the city's leader and legislators by universal suffrage as an "ultimate aim" under the "one country, two systems" arrangement.

The 21-year-old tweeted on Wednesday that "today the high court has sentenced me to 3 months of jail", for what a judge described as his "leading role" in the so-called Umbrella Movement street demonstrations in 2014 that shut down traffic in the city's financial district.

Under the deal, citizens have the right to freedom of speech and a partially directly elected parliament, as well as an independent judiciary.

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