After being sentenced to six months behind bars in August for unlawful assembly, Joshua Wong, the face of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, has been released on bail, though he says he expects to be thrown back in the slammer soon enough.
On August 17th, Wong and two other fellow democracy activists, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, were given jail time for their involvement in storming the Legislative Council building back in 2014, sparking a movement that ground Hong Kong to a standstill for 79 days as thousands of protesters marched throughout the city calling for fully free elections for the city’s chief executive — a goal that they were unsuccessful in achieving.
“I expect to pay the price, to be sent to prison,” Wong said prior to his sentencing. “However, I have no regret at all. What we have done already proves that Hong Kong people will continue to show determination in the frontline against authoritarian rule.”
After hearing his sentencing, Wong took to Twitter to say that: “They can silence protests, remove us from the legislature and lock us up. But they will not win the hearts and minds of Hongkongers. You can lock up our bodies, but not our minds! We want democracy in Hong Kong. And we will not give up.”
Wong’s body is no longer locked up. Both he and Law were released on Tuesday after China’s top court granted them bail while they appeal their prison sentences. Wong tweeted that their time in prison was “a chance for us to strengthen our determination to fight for democracy.” He said that he plans to rejoin Demosisto, the political party he founded, and continue his work, struggling against Communist Party “suppression.” But first, some family time and video games.
— Joshua Wong Chi-fung (@joshuawongcf) October 25, 2017
Wong added that he expects to be back in jail in a few weeks, appearing less than optimistic about his appeal which is scheduled to be heard on November 7th.
“This may not be the first time we go to jail, there may be more young people going to jail in the future — but we will press on with our beliefs and fight together on the path to democracy,” Hong Kong Free Press quotes Wong as saying to his supporters following his release.
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