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HK protest leaders deny charges


United front: Occupy Central leaders shouting slogans before entering the courthouse in Hong Kong. — AP

United front: Occupy Central leaders shouting slogans before entering the courthouse in Hong Kong. — AP

HONG KONG: Three leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy “Occupy” movement, which paralysed parts of the Chinese-ruled city for nearly three months, denied public nuisance charges as international criticism of the erosion of civil liberties grows.

Law professor Benny Tai, 54, retired sociologist Chan Kin-man, 59, and retired pastor Chu Yiu-ming, 74, face charges of conspiracy and incitement to commit public nuisance, and incitement to incite public nuisance.

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