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>> Three young pro democracy leaders walking free from Hong Kong's highest court. Including the public face of the protest student leader Joshua Wong. But despite the reversal of an earlier ruling, the activist were solemn on their exit.
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> According to the judgment handed down by the Court of Final Appeal, in the future if there are any similar actions, protesters will still receive imprisonment.
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So we'll not in any way describe this as a win and do not see it as a reason to celebrate.>> The unanimous decision was made by a five judge panel who warned against future acts of dissent and threatened stricter guidelines. 21-year old Wong and his co-accused Nathan Law and Alex Chow spent roughly two months in jail before they were granted bail last October.
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Before that, a magistrate's court head rule they should serve community service and a suspended sentence. That after they and others stormed a fenced off area in front of government headquarters in September 2014, sparking a night long standoff with police. The moment seen as a key trigger for the Umbrella Movement that blocked major roads in the city for 79 days in a push for full democracy.
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It presented communist party rulers in Beijing with one of their biggest challenges in decades. And it has seen more nominated by a dozen members of the United States Congress for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. But the non-custodial sentence was challenged, eventually leading to the court of appeal imposing jail terms.
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Besides the trio, dozens of other mostly young democracy activists have also been imprisoned. Some see it as a concerted attempt by authorities to curtail any momentum for the movement.