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World Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested for 2019 illegal assembly

11:41  24 september  2020
11:41  24 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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The democracy activists Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, former student leaders of pro- democracy protests in 2014, were arrested on Friday Wong and Chow were charged with offences including taking part in an unlawful assembly on 21 June 21 at Hong Kong police headquarters and released.

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police arrested prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong on Thursday for participating in an unauthorised assembly in October 2019 and violating the city's anti-mask law, according to a post on his official Twitter account.

a man standing in front of a building: FILE PHOTO: Joshua Wong leaves High Court in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU FILE PHOTO: Joshua Wong leaves High Court in Hong Kong

Wong's latest arrest adds to several unlawful assembly charges or suspected offences he and other activists are facing related to last year's pro-democracy protests, which prompted Beijing to impose a sweeping national security law on June 30.

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Hong Kong police arrested prominent opposition figures including Joshua Wong -- and warned other protesters could share their fate at illegal demonstrations this weekend -- raising tensions as authorities seek to quell pro- democracy demonstrations that have raged for almost three months.

Hong Kong police confirmed they arrested two men, aged 23 and 74, on Thursday for illegal assembly on Oct 5, 2019.

The arrest of Wong, aged 23, comes around 6 weeks after media tycoon Jimmy Lai was detained on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces.

Wong had been a frequent visitor to Washington where he appealed to the U.S. Congress to support Hong Kong's democracy movement and counter Beijing's tightening grip over the global financial hub. His visits drew the wrath of Beijing, which says he is a "black hand" of foreign forces.

Wong disbanded his pro-democracy group Demosisto in June, just hours after China's parliament passed national security law for Hong Kong, bypassing the city's local legislature, a move widely criticised by Western governments.

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Several high-profile pro- democracy leaders were swept up in a series of arrests on Thursday and Friday in Hong Kong , ahead of what will be the 13th consecutive weekend of mass protests in the Asian financial hub.

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His long-time colleague, Agnes Chow, and two other activists were also among 10 people police arrested in August on suspicion of violating the new law.

The new law punishes anything China considers as subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with up to life in prison.

Wong was just 17 years old when he became the face of the 2014 student-led Umbrella Movement democracy protests, but he was not a leading figure of the often violent unrest that shook the semi-autonomous former British colony last year.

An anti-mask law was introduced last year in a bid to help police identify the protesters they suspected of committing crimes and it is facing a challenge in court. In the meantime, the Hong Kong government has made face masks mandatory in most circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic.

(Additional reporting by Donny Kwok; Writing by Farah Master; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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