Joshua Wong and fellow activists plead guilty in Hong Kong protests trial

Joshua Wong and fellow activists plead guilty in Hong Kong protests trial
Agnes Chow (left), Ivan Lam and Joshua Wong all pleaded guilty. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong and two fellow campaigners pleaded guilty to unlawful assembly during last year’s mass protests. All of them are now facing the prospect of prison.

Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam appeared in court on Monday.

Mr Wong said he expected to go to jail, possibly facing 5 years behind bars.

However, as the alleged offences took place before China enacted a controversial and harsh national security law in June, they avoided a potential life sentence.

The prominent democracy activist revealed he decided to change his plea after talking to his lawyer.

The three were charged with organising and taking part in an unauthorised assembly.

They were remanded in custody until 2 December, when they will be sentenced.

On Monday, Mr Wong told reporters gathered at the court: “We three have decided to plead guilty to all charges”.

“It will not be surprising if I am sent to immediate detention today,” he added.

He vowed he will continue to fight for freedom – and now is not the time for us to kowtow to Beijing and surrender.

During the 2019 protests, Hong Kong’s police headquarters became the target of protesters several times, while they threw eggs and sprayed graffiti.

Mr Wong, Ms Chow and Mr Lam and have been charged with leading, inciting and joining one of those protests.

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