(CNN)Hong Kong independence activist Edward Leung has been jailed for six years for his part in violent demonstrations in February 2016, the latest in a series of prison terms handed down against pro-democracy activists in the city in the past year.
Hong Kong independence activist Edward Leung jailed for six years
Edward Leung Tin-kei, the former convenor of pro-independence political group Hong Kong Indigenous, was found guilty in May on one count of taking part in a riot. He had previously plead guilty to assaulting a police officer.
Solicitor Jonathan Man, part of Leung's legal team, told CNN the young man had been sentenced to six years in jail for rioting and 12 months for assaulting a police officer. The sentences will be served concurrently, he added, meaning he will serve up to six years in total.
Fierce clashes between police and citizens, known in Hong Kong as the "fishball revolution," broke out on the night of February 8, 2016 over authorities attempts to shut down a local food market during the Lunar New Year holiday in the shopping district of Mong Kok. The use of the term "fishball" is in reference to a popular Hong Kong street food sold at the market.