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Hong Kong 'Umbrella' movement leader freed from prison

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Hong Kong 'Umbrella' movement leader freed from prison

Hong Kong 'Umbrella' movement leader freed from prison

Hong Kong democracy activist Chan Kin-man walked free from prison on Saturday saying he had no regrets for his leading role in the 2014 "Umbrella" civil disobedience movement and that sacrifice was needed to achieve universal suffrage.

Olivia Chan reports

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Hong Kong Umbrella movement leader Chan Kin-man walked free from prison on Saturday (March 14).

The former sociology professor smiled and waved while supporters chanted pro-democracy slogans.

(UPSOT) Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, who co-founded the movement with Chan, turned up in a yellow sweater, a color that symbolized the 2014 movement.

(SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST CHAN KIN-MAN , SAYING: "Life in prison was difficult, but I have no regret at all as this is a necessary price to pay for fighting for democracy.

I think after the last few months, Hong Kong people understand more why we had to use civil disobedience to fight for freedom." 61-year old Chan, is one of the three leaders of the pro-democracy movement in 2014, aiming to push for full democracy in the Chinese-ruled city.

He was found guilty last year of conspiracy to commit public nuisance for his role in planning and mobilizing supporters.

The Umbrella protesters staged a 79-day sit-in that blocked major roads in the city, bringing the Asian financial hub to a standstill.

The symbolic umbrella tactic re-emerged last year during the sometimes violent anti-government protests triggered by a now withdrawn extradition bill.

Chan said he understood why the young protesters were at times violent.

SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HONG KONG DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST CHAN KIN-MAN , SAYING: "The government's rule was 'fair, open, impartial"; is the rule still adopted by our government now?

How can we not be disappointed by the government?

That's why I understand some young people resorted to intense actions.''



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