Leaders of Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" Joshua Wong (C), 19, Nathan Law (centre R), 23, and Alex Chow (2nd R), 25, speak to the press following their sentencing at the Eastern Court in Hong Kong on August 15, 2016. / AFP / Anthony WALLACE
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Three Hong Kong student leaders who helped orchestrate the financial hub's massive pro-democracy street protests in 2014 were spared jail time Monday but ordered to carry out community service.Teenage activist Joshua Wong, 19, was given 80 hours of community service for unlawful assembly after he and others stormed into a fenced-off area in front of government headquarters called "Civic Square" to stage a sit-in in September 2014 .Nathan Law, 23, who was found guilty of the more serious charge of inciting others to unlawful assembly, was given 120 hours of community service.Hong Kong, a former British colony, was handed back to China in 1997 under an agreement that gave ultimate control to Beijing while promising Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy.But Beijing's refusal to grant full democracy has exacerbated recent tensions with growing calls for Hong Kong to split from China.
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