Activist Joshua Wong Banned From Travel, Four Years After Democracy Movement Began

Four years after he helped to launch a mass civil disobedience movement for fully democratic elections, activist Joshua Wong is still facing a travel ban.

Wong, who had begun serving a six-month jail term for his part in the storming of police barriers outside government headquarters on Sept. 26, 2014, at the start of the Occupy Central democracy movement, was acquitted alongside fellow defendants Nathan Law and Alex Chow by Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal in February.

But he was also handed a three-month sentence for “contempt of court,” for trying to block the police clearance of an Occupy protest site in Mong Kok at the tail-end of the Umbrella Movement, which gained its nickname from the use of umbrellas by peaceful protesters to ward off pepper spray and tear-gas attacks by riot police.

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