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Hong Kong's Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow jailed for protest roles

Democracy activists face months behind bars with more charges pending

Hong Kong democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong pleaded guilty to charges related to a protest near police headquarters last year. (Photos by Ken Kobayashi)

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow are headed to prison for their roles in an unauthorized demonstration near police headquarters last year, as local authorities step up a crackdown on political dissidents.

Wong on Wednesday was sentenced to 13.5 months in jail, while Chow was given 10 months. The former student leaders -- along with fellow activist Ivan Lam, who received seven months in prison -- last week pleaded guilty to charges related to the protest on June 21, 2019, which occurred amid citywide anti-government demonstrations.

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