GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — The leaders behind Hong Kong’s 2014 “Umbrella Movement” are facing seven years in jail after a court has found them guilty of public nuisance.

Nine prominent activists — including professors Chan Kin-man and Benny Tai, and Baptist minister Chi Yiu-ming — were charged with the offenses on April 9.

They were later released after posting bail.

The sentences for the defendants has not yet been announced.

The charges stemmed from the 2014 movement which gathered 100,000 protesters in response to China’s ruling to choose the candidates for Hong Kong’s 2017 election.

However, the decision sparked outcry as activists urged for free elections.

The name came from protesters protecting themselves from pepper spray using their umbrellas during the 79-day democracy protest.

Critics meanwhile slammed the court ruling calling it “a terrible message” for the country’s free expression.