Hong Kong teen protest leader guilty of unlawful assembly

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court has found teen protest leader Joshua Wong guilty of taking part in an illegal rally that sparked massive student-led pro-democracy street protests two years ago.

The 19-year-old Wong tweeted Thursday that he “was found guilty of the charge of participating unlawful assembly by court of Hong Kong.”

A magistrate’s court handed dawn the verdict for Wong and two other student leaders following a trial earlier this year.

The three were charged with storming into a courtyard dubbed Civic Square at the Hong Kong city government complex on Sept. 26, 2014.

Huge crowds of demonstrators turned out to demand their release after they were detained by police, who responded two days later with volleys of tear gas.