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Update: Hong Kong student leaders avoid jail time for 2014 democracy protest

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A Hong Kong court sentenced teenage democracy activist Joshua Wong (left) on Monday to 80 hours of community service for unlawful assembly related to demonstrations that paralysed key parts of the Chinese-ruled city in 2014.

[HONG KONG] A Hong Kong court sentenced teenage democracy activist Joshua Wong on Monday to 80 hours of community service for unlawful assembly related to demonstrations that paralysed key parts of the Chinese-ruled city in 2014.

Wong, 19, was among a small group of activists who had stormed into a fenced-off area in front of government headquarters called Civic Square, sparking a night-long standoff with police before they were arrested.

The incident helped trigger the massive "Umbrella Movement" that paralysed major roads in Hong Kong for nearly three months in a push for full democracy. The protests were one of the boldest populist political challenges to Beijing's Communist Party leaders in decades.

Two other student leaders were also sentenced in a district court in connection with the Civic Square event. Alex Chow, who was found guilty of unlawful assembly, was given a three-week prison sentence but granted a reprieve. Nathan Law was ordered to serve 120 hours of community service.

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