Hong Kongs electoral committee procedure has caused numerous protests. Citizens had been promised democratic rights when the former colony was handed over to China 20 years ago. This weekend, people took to the streets, demanding universal suffrage.
Two leaders of the Hong Kong democracy protests have been released on bail following a court hearing. The move comes despite Beijing still seeking to exert more direct control over the semiautonomous city.
Demonstrators have come out in droves to show their support for a trio of jailed pro-democracy activists. The three were originally sentenced to community service but were handed harsher sentences this past week.
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders have been sentenced for their role in the Umbrella Movement's 2014 demos. The Beijing-backed government has been seeking tougher sentences for protesters.
Britain handed Hong Kong back to China 20 years ago. Beijing should now understand that the "one country, two systems" principle has given rise to an independent generation of Hong Kong residents, says DW's Frank Sieren.
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