Hong Kong police arrested distinguished democracy activist Joshua Wong on Thursday for taking part in an unauthorized meeting in October 2019 and violating town’s anti-mask legislation, in keeping with a publish on his official Twitter account.
Wong’s newest arrest provides to a number of illegal meeting expenses or suspected offences he and different activists are going through associated to final yr’s pro-democracy protests, which prompted Beijing to impose a sweeping nationwide safety legislation on June 30.
Hong Kong police confirmed they arrested two males, aged 23 and 74, on Thursday for unlawful meeting on Oct 5, 2019.
<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash&ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#BREAKING</a> Joshua is arrested when reporting to Central Police Station at about 1pm at present. The arrest is expounded to taking part in an unauthorized meeting on 5Oct final yr. He’s instructed to have violated the draconian anti-mask legislation as effectively.
The arrest of Wong, aged 23, comes round 6 weeks after media tycoon Jimmy Lai was detained on suspicion of colluding with international forces.
Wong had been a frequent customer to Washington the place he appealed to the U.S. Congress to assist Hong Kong’s democracy motion and counter Beijing’s tightening grip over the worldwide monetary hub. His visits drew the wrath of Beijing, which says he’s a “black hand” of international forces.
Wong disbanded his pro-democracy group Demosisto in June, simply hours after China’s parliament handed the nationwide safety legislation for Hong Kong, bypassing town’s native legislature, a transfer broadly criticized by Western governments.
His long-time colleague, Agnes Chow, and two different activists had been additionally amongst 10 individuals police arrested in August on suspicion of violating the brand new legislation.
The brand new legislation punishes something China considers as subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with international forces, with as much as life in jail.
Wong was simply 17 years outdated when he turned the face of the 2014 student-led Umbrella Motion democracy protests, however he was not a number one determine of the usually violent unrest that shook the semi-autonomous former British colony final yr.
An anti-mask legislation was launched final yr in a bid to assist police establish the protesters they suspected of committing crimes and it’s going through a problem in court docket. Within the meantime, the Hong Kong authorities has made face masks obligatory in most circumstances as a result of coronavirus pandemic.