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Hong Kong democracy leaders go on trial over Umbrella Movement


The 'Occupy Central' trio urged people to join what became known as the Umbrella Movement.

The 'Occupy Central' trio urged people to join what became known as the Umbrella Movement.

Hong Kong (AFP) - Three leading Hong Kong democracy campaigners face trial Monday over their involvement in massive rallies calling for political reform, as room for opposition in the semi-autonomous city shrinks under an assertive China.

Rights groups have urged authorities to drop what Amnesty International called the "chilling prosecution" of nine activists -- the pioneering trio, lawmakers, student leaders and pro-democracy party campaigners.

   

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