>> Joshua Wong, one of the most recognizable faces of Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution, sentenced to 80 hours of community service on Monday. Punishment for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy movement. Wong left court relieved to escape a prison sentence, but vowing to fight on in a city increasingly under the watchful eye of China's Communist Party.
I'm Reuters' Tara Joseph right outside the Magistrate's Court in Hong Kong. The sentencing of Joshua Wong is just the latest in a move to contain the city's pro-democracy movement. Already here, the mood is getting tense ahead of crucial local elections due to take place here early next month.
And authorities are already pushing back on parties that are espousing any type of independence. Elections officials here have blocked at least five candidates for running for seats in the cities local elections on September 4, questioning them about whether they acknowledge that Hong Kong belongs to China. Several of them are from the so-called localist movement.
Some pushing for outright independence from China. The radicalized spirit has even translated into sport. One political group setting up a public screening of an Olympics badminton match between Hong Kong and China to cheer on the Hong Kong team. Joshua Wong and his fellow student leaders may be walking free today, but now many including diplomats, journalists, and human rights activists are worried the city is in danger of losing its long-standing tradition of allowing peaceful demonstration.