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10 Hong Kong activists jailed in China after attempt to flee

Two minors transferred back to city amid international calls for release

One of 12 Hong Kong activists detained in mainland China on allegations of illegal border crossing is seen after a transfer conducted at Shenzhen Bay Port in Hong Kong on Dec. 30.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Ten Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced on Wednesday to between seven months and three years in prison in mainland China following their attempt this past summer to flee the city by speedboat, as authorities continued to step up their crackdown on political dissent in the territory.

The 10 also have been ordered to pay fines of 10,000 to 20,000 yuan (about $1,500 to $3,000) on top of their jail terms.

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