Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong pleaded guilty to inciting and staging illegal demonstrations in the Special Administrative Region, and risks up to five years in prison. The activist was remanded in custody on Monday after the first court hearing in his case, related to his involvement in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last year.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam today praised the controversial Chinese national security law imposed on Hong Kong, saying that it has restored peace in the city, and helped end the pro-democracy movement protests therein. Lam made her remarks as part of the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, who was detained Thursday and released hours later, has called for intervention by the international community in the case of the group arrested in China more than a month ago. Wong was arrested when he appeared at the Central Police Station for judicial control.
On August 23, Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong posted on his Facebook saying that he had been “harassed” by a local woman while walking a dog with his family. Soon, on Weibo, the video recorded by the woman was released too. In this video, the recorder blamed Wong for being a bad example for the young generation in Hong Kong and asked how much bribery he had accepted in a quite sarcastic way. She called him a national traitor.
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong implored the world today to stand in solidarity with Hong Kong after Beijing imposed its national security law that threatens freedoms in the territory. “We still have to let the world know that now is the time to stand with Hong Kong,” he told reporters.
The Hong Kong government has prohibited activist Joshua Wong, one of the most prominent faces of the pro-democracy movement, from running in the forthcoming district-level elections in the city. “The candidate cannot possibly comply with the requirements of the relevant electoral laws, since advocating or promoting ‘self-determination’ is contrary to the content of the declaration that the law requires a candidate to make to uphold the Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the [Hong Kong Special Administrative Region],” said Laura Aron, a Hong Kong electoral official in a statement, made public to the media.
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have set themselves a busy schedule for Saturday, Sept. 28, according to Reuters. These schedules include restoring the “Lennon Walls” and celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Golden Umbrella movement. Thousands of protesters gathered in the harbor area on Friday, chanting slogans accusing police brutality of protesters for more than three months of unrest in Hong Kong.