Two Jailed in Hong Kong over Riot Protests

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Hong Kong: Two Hong Kong men were jailed for three years on ri­ot­ing charges on Mon­day, the lat­est in a se­ries of le­gal ac­tions against demon­stra­tors. The un­rest in Fe­bru­ary 2016 saw po­lice fire warn­ing shots in the air in the com­mer­cial dis­trict of Mong Kok as they clashed with pro­test­ers who hurled bricks torn up from pave­ments and set rub­bish alight. It was the worst vi­o­lence the city had seen for decades. The demon­stra­tions were led by “lo­cal­ist” ac­tivists seek­ing more au­ton­omy from Bei­jing, as fears grow that Hong Kong’s free­doms and iden­tity are un­der threat from Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties and the city’s proChina lo­cal gov­ern­ment. AFP

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