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> A shot in the arm for Hong Kong's pro democracy movement, it's best known activist, Joshua Wong, on Tuesday, found not guilty on a charge of obstruction of justice. Wong is one of a handful of demonstrators who was arrested more than a year, after colorful, sometimes violent student led uprisings.
Which brought the city to a near stand still upsetting China's communist leaders.>> I'm Reuters, Sarah Joseph, outside the Hong Kong court house where Wong and three other activist were tried. Tears are wrapping in the courtroom when the verdict was read out and some security guards also openly showing their support, signs that the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong is still alive.
>> But storm clouds maybe gathering. 19 year old Wong faces more serious charges in court again at the end of the month for the charge of inciting others and unlawful assembly. That could lead to a prison sentence of as much as five years, just as he starts up a new pro-democracy political party aiming to gain seats in upcoming local elections.
Activists worry Hong Kong officials are trying to make an example of them to clamp down on any future movement. And then, there's pressure from China to worry about. Cosmetics giant Lancome has been drawn into the fray. Coming under fire for cancelling an appearance by local pop star Denise Ho, who was also a pro democracy activist, after mainland Internet users criticized her political stance.
Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement may have found a fresh heartbeat, but authorities have also made it clear they will only tolerate a limited amount of dissent.