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Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong faces charges

Hong Kong police have charged teenage student leader Joshua Wong for his role in a protest that helped trigger last year's pro-democracy street occupations.

Wong reported to a police station where he was charged with inciting and participating in an illegal assembly.

The charges came nearly a year after he and dozens of other student activists entered a fenced-off courtyard next to city government headquarters to protest Beijing's plan to restrict elections in the semi-autonomous Chinese region.

Wong posted photos of his police charge sheets on his Facebook account. He is scheduled to appear before magistrates on September 2.

The 18-year-old is also expected to appear in court on Friday to face two other charges of obstructing police at a separate protest.

Two other student leaders, Alex Chow and Nathan Law, also face charges relating to illegal assembly over the same incident, according to local media reports.

Chow is the former secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, which also played a major role in the protests. Law is the current leader.


From Belfast Telegraph