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You can lock up our bodies, but not our minds: Jailed Hong Kong activists

Many within Hong Kong's pro-democracy civic sector see the ruling as a politically motivated move

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Riot police officers throw the brick back to the protesters on streets in Mongkok district of Hong Kong. Photo: AP/PTI

Nearly three years after mass pro-democracy demonstrations rocked the city of Hong Kong, 16 young activists were convicted on August 16 of unlawful assembly for their participation in two separate protests challenging the government. Though the activists were originally convicted and sentenced to community service and suspended jail time, the Department of Justice later filed a re-sentencing appeal, arguing that the original sentences for the activists were “too light”. This week, Hong Kong's Court of Appeal ruled in their favor. Many within Hong Kong's ...