The former British colony has been governed under the principle of "one country, two systems" since 1997, giving it some autonomy over its economic and social systems. But every New Year's Day pro-democracy forces show their frustration.
Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow helped lead the largely peaceful "Umbrella Movement" that blocked major roads for 79 days in 2014, demanding Beijing grant Hong Kong full democracy.
Joshua Wong and Nathan Law are among the Umbrella Movement trio that blocked major roads for 79 days in 2014 protests, demanding Beijing grant Hong Kong full democracy.
September 28, 2017 marks the third anniversary of the Umbrella Movement – the pro-democracy protests that shook Hong Kong.
Three leaders of the Umbrella Movement have been sentenced to several months in prison. The pro-democracy figures are barred from running for seats in the legislature for the next five years.
All nine leaders face charges related to public nuisance. They said the hearing was largely procedural and didn't require them to enter pleas.
Amid fears of Chinese intervention in Hong Kong politics, several young pro-democracy leaders including 23-year old Demosisto party leader Nathan Law have been elected to the 70-seat Hong Kong Legislative Council.
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