08:37 GMT18 January 2021
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    Thousands of people went out onto the streets of Hong Kong to protest against prison sentences for student political activists for their role in 2014 protests, known as the Umbrella Movement, The Straits Times reported Sunday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal sentenced Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow to 6, 8 and 7 months in jail respectively.

    ​In 2014, demonstrators occupied numerous busy intersections across Hong Kong and attempted to storm the Hong Kong government headquarters. Government officials described the occupations as unlawful, and a number of activists were detained. Demonstrations lasted for 79 days before the last remaining occupied areas were cleared by police.

    ​Umbrella Movement protesters questioned the election system for Hong Kong’s top official and called for universal suffrage, which, they believe, is part of China’s promise to the former British colony under the famous "One Country, Two Systems" political structure pioneered by late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.

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