Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and two different activists had been taken into custody Monday after they pleaded responsible to expenses associated to an indication outdoors police headquarters throughout anti-government protests final yr.
Wong, along with fellow activists Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow, pleaded responsible to expenses associated to organizing, participating in and inciting protesters to affix an unauthorized protest outdoors police headquarters final June. The trio had been members of the now-disbanded Demosisto political occasion.
They had been remanded in custody at a court docket listening to Monday, and the three are anticipated to be sentenced on Dec. 2. Those discovered responsible of participating in an illegal meeting may face so long as 5 years in jail relying on the severity of the offence.
“I am persuaded that neither prison bars, nor election ban, nor any other arbitrary powers would stop us from activism,” Wong mentioned, forward of the court docket listening to.
“What we are doing now is to explain the value of freedom to the world, through our compassion to whom we love, so much that we are willing to sacrifice the freedom of our own. I’m prepared for the thin chance of walking free.”
Wong rose to prominence as a pupil chief in the course of the 2014 Umbrella Movement pro-democracy protests and is amongst a rising variety of activists being charged with comparatively minor offences since Beijing in June imposed a sweeping nationwide safety regulation on the area that has severely restricted political speech.
‘I’ll strive my finest to face it bravely’
Pro-democracy supporters have mentioned the authorized expenses are a part of a marketing campaign to harass and intimidate them.
Lam, who additionally spoke forward of the court docket listening to, mentioned he too was ready to be jailed.
Wong wrote on his Facebook web page on Sunday that he and Lam had determined to plead responsible after consulting with their legal professionals. The two beforehand pleaded not responsible to the fees.
Chow had already pleaded responsible to expenses of inciting others and participating within the protest.
“If I am sentenced to prison this time, it will be the first time in my life that I have been in jail,” Chow wrote on her Facebook web page on Sunday.
“Although I am mentally prepared, I still feel a little bit scared. However, compared to many friends, I have suffered very little. When I think of this, I will try my best to face it bravely.”
On June 21 final yr, 1000’s rallied outdoors the police headquarters to protest what they mentioned was extreme police drive towards demonstrators.