Hong Kong - Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was acquitted on Tuesday over an anti-China protest in the first of a raft of cases against him to reach a verdict.
Wong, 19, was the teenage face of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, which brought parts of Hong Kong to a standstill for more than two months in 2014 with street rallies calling for fully free leadership elections.
His acquittal comes as tensions remain high in the semi-autonomous city with fears growing that Beijing is tightening its grip.
“The result of this trial proves that it was a political prosecution,” Wong said in brief comments after the verdict.
The teen was in court over a small protest in June 2014 - ahead of the mass rallies - which saw dozens gather outside Beijing's representative office in the city.