An airline's staff speaks to Hong Kong Federation of Students leader Alex Chow (C) after he was barred from boarding a plane at the Hong Kong International Airport November 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
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Two key figures in Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement have been charged with illegal assembly almost a year after students stormed government headquarters at the height of huge protests against Chinese rule, one of the activists said Wednesday.Alex Chow, 25, the former leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, one of the main groups leading protests that became known as the Occupy movement, told Reuters he and teenager Joshua Wong had been formally charged. That triggered Occupy protests that lasted for more than two months and posed one of the greatest political challenges Beijing's rulers have faced in decades.
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