Professors Chan Kin-man and Benny Tai and Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming among nine found guilty of public nuisance charges

Nine Hong Kong democracy campaigners have been found guilty over their involvement in pro-democracy rallies in 2014, in a controversial verdict prompting renewed alarm about the city’s political freedom.

Protest leaders including sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 60, law professor Benny Tai, 54, and Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, 75, were among those convicted of rarely used colonial-era public nuisance charges for their roles in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests calling for free elections, the largest civil disobedience movement in the city’s history.

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