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Hong Kong teen activist acquitted over China protest

  • Pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong, second right, speaks to media outside a district court in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. A Hong Kong court has acquitted teen pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong of obstructing police at a protest two years ago against China's tightening hold on the city. A magistrate on Tuesday found Wong and three others not guilty, according to a post on the Facebook page of his political party, Demosisto. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong, second right, speaks to media outside a district court in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. A Hong Kong court has acquitted teen pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong of obstructing police at a protest two years ago against China's tightening hold on the city. A magistrate on Tuesday found Wong and three others not guilty, according to a post on the Facebook page of his political party, Demosisto. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong, right, walks out from a district court in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. A Hong Kong court has acquitted teen pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong of obstructing police at a protest two years ago against China's tightening hold on the city. A magistrate on Tuesday found Wong and three others not guilty, according to a post on the Facebook page of his political party, Demosisto. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong, right, walks out from a district court in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. A Hong Kong court has acquitted teen pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong of obstructing police at a protest two years ago against China's tightening hold on the city. A magistrate on Tuesday found Wong and three others not guilty, according to a post on the Facebook page of his political party, Demosisto. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

A Hong Kong court has acquitted teen pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong of obstructing police at a protest two years against China's tightening hold on the city.

A magistrate on Tuesday found Wong and three others not guilty, according to a post on the Facebook page of his political party, Demosisto.

The 19-year-old activist captured world headlines when he led pro-democracy street protests in late 2014 against Beijing's decision to restrict elections in Hong Kong.

The obstruction charges stemmed from a separate protest months earlier in which Wong and the others set fire to an oversized cardboard prop representing a "white paper" policy document issued by China's communist leaders.

The document said Beijing has complete authority over Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese region.