Joshua Wong Chi-fung is a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist. He was one of the leaders of the 2014 Occupy Movement. In August 2017, he was jailed for six months for storming the government headquarters compound at Tamar, Admiralty, which sparked the 79-day protest.
Many pan-dems have sold their homes, and a few have even fled the city to escape what they claim is rising tyranny. They may be right, at least inadvertently, about exiting a real estate market after a super-bull run that has made local properties the most expensive in the world
It seems Hong Kong politics has reached such an extreme that many on both sides have lost all sense of restraint with the family and friends of those in the public eye subjected to doxxing and verbal assaults both online and in daily life
However valid the authorities may think the grounds behind the bans and the delay are, the negative perception and impact on the city’s development must be properly addressed.
Whether they like it or not, those with manifestos that are inconsistent with the city’s governing principle of ‘one country, two systems’ will not be allowed in public office
The real significance of Wong’s foregone disqualification from this month’s district council elections is that everyone else, including candidates more radical-sounding than him, have been allowed to proceed
Court of Appeal rules in favour of Wong, judges order reduction, plus two months from unauthorised assembly sentence to be served concurrently with two other convictions.
Judge Stanley Chan says 24-year-old opposition figure and district councillors Lester Shum, Tiffany Yuen and Jannelle Rosalynne Leung ‘openly defied the law’, and were ‘wise’ to plead guilty.
District councillors Lester Shum, Tiffany Yuen and Jannelle Rosalynne Leung also admit knowingly taking part in unauthorised assembly, an offence that could earn them five years’ jail.
Veteran activist Koo Sze-yiu, 75, jailed for five months over the same unauthorised rally that Wong was a part of, which saw attendees flout a government ban on masks that came into effect that morning.
Of the 21 defendants challenging bail decisions, 11 are denied temporary release and the remainder rescind their applications late on. Forty-seven in total accused of plotting to paralyse the government.
Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, tells seminar in Shenzhen that ‘patriots governing Hong Kong’ is paramount to the future of ‘one country, two systems’.
Joshua Wong among five who plead guilty to taking part in banned event, while 19 others ask for more time as cases are transferred to District Court.
Wong admits violating the city’s emergency mask ban and taking part in an unauthorised assembly on October 5, 2019, the same day the controversial regulation took effect.
Michelle Bachelet says recent arrests of democracy activists ‘risk causing a wider chilling effect on the exercise of fundamental freedoms.’
China’s top body overseeing Hong Kong says sentences handed to Wong and others do not compensate for their crimes against the nation.
Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow had previously pleaded guilty over their roles in a 15-hour siege of police headquarters in the early days of last year’s anti-government unrest.
Hong Kong opposition activist put in single cell in medical ward after scan reveals ‘a shadow’ in his stomach. Prison source says he is to be held like that for several days, but authorities won’t show Wong the X-rays.
In debate with former US State Department official, Ip says the ‘one country, two systems’ framework is ‘a work in progress’.
Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow to be sentenced next Wednesday. Wong and Lam had been expected to stand trial, but changed their pleas and all three have been remanded.
Wong chanted slogans and flashed the three-finger Hunger Games salute outside the Thai consulate building in Admiralty.
Teen environmentalist joins global campaign demanding the group’s return to Hong Kong.
Commissioner of Police Chris Tang dismisses suggestions of conspiracy to hold 12 wanted Hongkongers across the border, and says all tried to escape justice.
Uncertainty, death threats and surveillance. Post-national security law Hong Kong doesn’t sound so welcoming to dissidents. Even so, to some the risks are worth it.
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Wong, 23, and long-time activist Koo Sze-yiu, 74, are both charged with taking part in an unauthorised assembly last October 5.
Wong spreads news of arrest via his Twitter account, and says he has also been detained for violating ‘draconian anti-mask law’, while veteran social activist Koo Sze-yiu is also taken into custody.