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Hong Kong protest leaders released on bail

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By Euronews
Hong Kong protest leaders released on bail

<p>Jailed democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law have been released on bail by Hong Kong’s highest court pending an appeal of their prison sentences.</p> <p>The pair were convicted in August of sparking an illegal rally in September 2014 that kicked off the “Umbrella Movement” protests that captured world headlines. </p> <p>Their sentences came amid mounting fears that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city and that rule of law is being compromised.</p> <p>Wong, 21, who became the face of the mass pro-democracy protests while still a teenager, was jailed for six months while Law, 24, was imprisoned for eight months.</p> <p>They were granted bail at the Court of Final Appeal until November 7, the first appearance in the appeal proceedings.</p>