Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested for unauthorized 2019 meeting

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Hong Kong police arrested prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong on Thursday for attending an unauthorized meeting in October 2019 and violating the city’s anti-mask law, according to a post on his official Twitter account.Wong’s latest arrest comes on top of several charges of illegal assembly or alleged offenses he and other activists face as a result of last year’s pro-democracy protests, which prompted Beijing to impose a national security law radical on June 30.

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

The arrest of 23-year-old Wong comes about 6 weeks after media mogul Jimmy Lai was detained on suspicion of collusion with foreign forces.

Wong had traveled frequently to Washington where he called on the US Congress to support Hong Kong’s democratic movement and counter Beijing’s tightening grip on the global financial center. His visits have drawn the ire of Beijing, which calls itself the “black hand” of foreign forces.

Wong disbanded his pro-democracy group Demosisto in June, just hours after the Chinese parliament passed the Hong Kong National Security Law, bypassing the city’s local legislature, a move widely criticized by Western governments.

His longtime colleague Agnes Chow and two other activists were also among 10 people arrested by police in August on suspicion of breaking the new law.

The new law punishes anything China considers to be subversion, secession, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces, with life imprisonment.

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

An anti-mask law was introduced last year in an attempt to help police identify protesters they suspect of committing crimes and she faces a challenge in court. In the meantime, the Hong Kong government has made face masks mandatory in most cases due to the coronavirus pandemic.



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