HONG KONG – The Hong Kong High Court postponed on Thursday the sentencing of 16 activists accused of flouting court orders during the pro-democracy mass protests of 2014, popularly known as the Umbrella revolution.
The judge’s decision came on the day Joshua Wong, Lester Shum, Raphael Wong and 13 other activists, who are accused of contempt of court for refusing to disperse from a protest site in the city’s Mong Kok district in November 2014, were to be sentenced.
The defense asked for more time to present more written documents related to the case, which was accepted by the judge, leading to the postponement.
In the autumn of 2014, student groups had led mass protests in which they occupied Hong Kong streets for three months, demanding the right to self determination.
Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow – the major student leaders of the pro-democracy movement – are currently out on bail, pending an appeal to commute their jail terms to between six and eight months.