Hong Kong activists on trial for pioneering umbrella protests

Nine pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have pleaded not guilty in a trial seen as a test of judicial independence from Beijing.

They have been charged with public nuisance over the 2014 umbrella movement that demanded Hong Kong choose its own leader.

It was gathered that three of those accused founded the civil disobedience movement before student groups joined and other six accused include lawmakers.

Also, the charges carry jail terms of up to seven years.

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