Student activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung is “mentally prepared” to go to jail for his role in storming the government headquarters ahead of the 2014 Occupy protests , he said, after prosecutors in a separate case succeeded in having 13 protesters’ community service sentences replaced with prison terms. Prosecutors have also requested a beefed-up punishment for Wong and two others, with a ruling expected on Thursday. The secretary general of pro-democracy political party Demosisto was originally sentenced to community service after being convicted of illegal assembly. Speaking on a radio programme on Wednesday, Wong said he thought he would get a new punishment comparable to those meted out to the 13 protesters, who were jailed for between eight and 13 months by the Court of Appeal on Tuesday. Prosecutors had appealed against the group’s original sentence of 80 to 150 hours community service from a lower court in 2016. The 13 stormed the Legislative Council complex during a protest over a development project in Hong Kong’s northeastern New Territories in 2014. “We did not think the sentences for the [protest over the] development project in northeastern New Territories would be more than a year as sentencing for similar cases was usually a fine, community service or three weeks to three months’ jail,” he said. “It was such a big change, so I can only remind myself to be prepared.” The judges explained on Tuesday that there was a need to hand down a deterrent sentence against those involved in the development project protest for the sake of social order. Critics have argued that the project would leave people homeless. Wong added that he believed more young people would be sent to jail in coming days. Speaking on the same programme, Lester Shum, former deputy secretary general of the Federation of Students, said he was disappointed with the sentencing for the northeastern New Territories case, adding that he thought the Court of Appeal judges should have considered the overall situation instead of just the moment. “The judges’ views and questions did not consider what was happening in society or what the government was doing, but looked only at [the] action at the moment and said [the protesters] were using violence to harm others,” he said. Shum added that the case would be a landmark one, setting a new standard for sentencing for cases involving social movements, and would have a huge impact on such movements in the future. Hong Kong prosecutors urge appeal court to jail three Occupy activists In Wong’s case, prosecutors had asked an appeal court to jail the activist as well as Nathan Law Kwun-chung, a disqualified legislator from the same party, and former student union chief Alex Chow Yong-kang, who were convicted of storming the fenced-off area of the government headquarters, also known as Civic Square , two days before the start of the pro-democracy Occupy protests in 2014. They said that the original lenient sentencing sent the wrong message. Wong and Chow were found guilty of one count of illegal assembly. Wong was given community service and Chow received a suspended three-week jail term.Law, who was recently stripped of his seat on the Legislative Council for improper oath-taking at the Legco swearing-in ceremony last year, was convicted of inciting others to assemble illegally and was also given community service.