New wave of HK rebels
THE JAILING of Hong Kong’s best-known democracy activists has pushed a new wave of young leaders to take the helm as they seek to keep the movement’s message alive.
Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, who carved out international reputations with their campaigning, were both sent to prison last month in what rights groups slammed as politically motivated prosecutions.
Alongside fellow activist Alex Chow, they are serving sentences of between six and eight months for their roles in a protest that triggered mass Umbrella Movement rallies in 2014 calling for democratic reforms.
The jailings were a blow to the pro-democracy movement and seen as more evidence that Beijing is tightening its grip on semiautonomous Hong Kong.But they also breathed new life into a campaign that had been struggling for momentum since the 2014 rallies failed to win concessions.