#BREAKING Joshua is arrested as he reported to the central police station around 1 p.m. today. The arrest is linked to participation in an unauthorized rally on October 5 last year. He also allegedly violated the draconian anti-mask law.
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.