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Fourth Occupy protester, 72, is jailed over 2014 violation of order to clear streets as 13 others fined and hit with suspended sentences

  • Contempt of court finding stems from his decision not to vacate a key area of the pro-democracy movement
PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 October, 2018, 11:00pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 October, 2018, 6:40am

A 72-year-old Hongkonger became the fourth person to be jailed on Friday while more than a dozen others were slapped with fines and suspended jail sentences, four years after they took to the streets in pro-democracy protests that brought the city to a standstill.

The High Court sent Lou Tit-man to prison for four months for contempt of court.

Lou was among the 14 people jailed for breaching an order to clear a demonstration site during the 79-day Occupy movement of 2014.

The others were Chan Ao-tien, Jeffery Chan, Chan Pak-tao, Chan Wai-fung, Chan Wing-wah, Chu Sui-ying, Kong Kam-to, Law Wai-yan, Leung Hon-lam, Man For-on, Siew Yun-long, Wong Ka-yee and Yung Yiu-sing.

All but Lou were given a suspended jail sentence of between one and two months and a fine between HK$10,000 and HK$15,000 (about US$1,275 and US$1900).

Each had either pleaded guilty or was convicted after trial for breaching an injunction acquired by a public light bus company to clear Argyle Street in Mong Kok on November 25, 2014.

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Another batch of 22 men and women were found guilty of the same offence over the same clearance in Mong Kok. They were given either suspended sentences, fines of HK$10,000 or jail terms of up to four and a half months.

They included key Occupy figures such as Demosisto secretary general Joshua Wong Chi-fung, who was jailed for three months and is appealing against his sentence. His fellow activist Raphael Wong Ho-ming, of the League of Social Democrats, received four months.

Another activist, Alvin Cheng Kam-mun, a failed Legislative Council candidate, was jailed for four months as well.