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Hong Kong democracy activists walk free in appeal victory

HONG KONG: Joshua Wong and two other leading Hong Kong democracy activists won an appeal against their jail terms at the city’s highest court today in a case seen as a test of the independence of the city’s judiciary, which some fear is under pressure from Beijing. But the trio warned it was not a time for celebration because the semi-autonomous Chinese city still faced threats to its freedoms. Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were jailed in August last year for their role in the mass pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protests of 2014 after Hong Kong’s government pushed for more…