Hong Kong hero Joshua Wong back in prison: the trial ends on December 2nd – politics abroad

The prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong (24) is back in prison!

After a Hong Kong court ordered him not to be allowed to roam free before the end of the ongoing trial on December 2, Wong arrived in a police van at Lai Chi Kok Prison in Hong Kong on Monday. He was taken into the building in handcuffs.

Foto: TYRONE SIU / Reuters

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Joshua Wong (in front of the door) and Ivan Lam (center of the picture) have to stay in prison until at least December 2ndFoto: TYRONE SIU / Reuters

In addition, two of his comrades-in-arms, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow, must be detained, said a spokesman for the activist.

At the start of the hearing on Monday, Wong pleaded guilty to having organized an unauthorized protest on June 21, 2019 in front of the police headquarters in the Wan Chai district. For this, he and his colleagues could face up to five years in prison.

According to Wong, it was only a minor offense. He and his colleagues are prepared to serve an immediate prison sentence. He hoped that this would draw global attention to the Hong Kong judicial system, which Beijing was manipulating.

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Photo: Vincent Yu / AP Photo / dpa

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Agnes Chow, Ivan Lam und Joshua Wong (v.l.n.r.)Photo: Vincent Yu / AP Photo / dpa

The 24-year-old is one of the most famous faces of the Hong Kong democracy movement; he had organized protests as a teenager. Wong and other supporters had already been sentenced to several months in prison three years ago in connection with the “umbrella protests” for more democracy that began in 2014. In September, Wong was arrested for two hours and then released on bail.

Last year there had been much larger protests against Beijing’s increasing influence. China then passed a security law for Hong Kong in late June. It is directed against activities that China sees as subversive, separatist or terrorist. It is the most extensive encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy to date and gives China’s state security extensive powers.

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