World #2 – Jailed pro-democracy advocate arrested again in Hong Kong

Tuesday's World Events   —   Posted on January 12, 2021

NOTE: In June 2020, the Communist Party of China passed a wide-ranging new “security” law for Hong Kong which makes it easier for the communists to punish protesters and reduces the city’s autonomy. Those who support democracy have called it “the end of Hong Kong.”

(by Agence France-Presse (AFP) at Straits Times) HONG KONG – Jailed Hong Kong democracy advocate Joshua Wong was arrested by police on Thursday (Jan 7) under the city’s new national “security” law, a senior police source told Agence France-Presse.

His arrest comes as more than 1,000 police officers detained 53 prominent figures – including a United States citizen – in dawn raids on January 6 on charges of “subversion,” a new national security crime that carries up to life in prison.

The sweep was the latest salvo in Beijing’s battle to stamp out dissent in the semi-autonomous city after millions hit the streets in 2019 with huge…democracy protests.

A senior police source told AFP that Wong – currently serving his sentence in Shek Pik Prison – was arrested on a new charge of subversion, the first time he has been detained under the new national security law.

The 24-year-old is one of the city’s most recognizable democracy advocates and is currently serving a jail sentence for his role in organizing democracy protests.

Local media reported that Tam Tak-chi, another activist currently in custody on a sedition charge, was also arrested for subversion on Thursday morning.

Tam Tak-chi. (Photo: Etan Liam)

The alleged offense of those arrested for subversion was to organize an unofficial primary last summer to decide who would run as candidates for the city’s partially-elected legislature in the hopes they might take a majority for the first time.

Many of those candidates were ultimately disqualified from running and authorities [also] cancelled the election, [claiming it was due to] the coronavirus.

But Chinese and Hong Kong officials [claimed] the primary was an attempt to “overthrow” and “paralyze” the city’s government and was therefore a threat to national security. …

Those charged with national security crimes are not usually granted bail.

The national “security” law was imposed on Hong Kong in late June [by the Chinese Communist Party controlled government in Hong Kong] in response to the 2019 protests, targeting acts Beijing deems to be secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

Officials said the “security law would target only an “extreme minority” and was needed to restore stability after 2019’s huge…democracy rallies.

Wong was prosecuted and jailed last month alongside fellow activists Agnes Chow, 23, and Ivan Lam, 26, over a rally outside the police headquarters.

The three pleaded guilty to various charges including inciting an unlawful assembly.  Chow was sentenced to 10 months in jail and Lam, seven months.

Wong, Chow and Lam joined Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement when they were in their teens.

They organized successful rallies in 2012 against plans to make Hong Kong’s education system more “patriotic” [i.e. forcing Chinese communist propaganda on the students].

And they played prominent roles two years later in the Umbrella Movement – a 79-day peaceful occupation by a largely student-led campaign calling for universal suffrage.

Hong Kong pro-democarcy leaders Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, April 2020. Photo: David Wong

From Agence France-Presse (AFP) published at Singapore’s StraitsTimes on Jan. 7. Reprinted here for educational purposes only. May not be reproduced on other websites without permission.

See pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong’s twitter page.  and millionaire entrepreneur democracy activist Jimmy Lai’s twitter page.



In June 2020, the Communist Party of China passed a wide-ranging new security law for Hong Kong which makes it easier for the communists to punish protesters and reduces the city’s autonomy.  Those who support democracy have called it “the end of Hong Kong.”

The details of the law’s 66 articles were kept secret until after it was passed. The law came into effect June 30, 2020, an hour before the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover to China from British rule.

It gives Beijing powers to shape life in Hong Kong it has never had before. Critics say it effectively curtails protest and freedom of speech – China claims it will return stability.

The new law’s key provisions include that:

On July 1, 2020, the day after China passed the “National Security” law for Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters were out to voice their support for free speech. Vox reported on July 14:

When Britain handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997, it was with the promise that Beijing would honor Hong Kong’s quasi-independence until at least 2047, under the rule known as “one country, two systems.” The Chinese government has slowly eroded Hong Kong’s autonomy in the years since…

The imposition of the national security law…directly threatens Hong Kong’s civil society, independent press, and, most obviously, the territory’s sustained pro-democracy movement.

The law means the “complete and total control of Hong Kong and total destruction of Hong Kong’s system,” Victoria Tin-bor Hui, a political science professor at Notre Dame University, told me.

Pro-democracy protesters [agreed]:

“I guess we have all seen this coming, but it just feels very surreal to everyone that Hong Kong is truly under ‘one country, one system,’” Fung, a 27-year-old protester who asked to be identified by only her surname out of concern for her safety, told me.

Fung said that she and many of her friends awakened, bit by bit, to the totalitarianism of the Communist Party. Yet she held on to a little hope, a kind of dream, that the Chinese Communist Party could become more liberal, more free. Until now.

“Today, with this law passed, my friends [and I] think that we can never go back to what things were. Now we’re just another city, like China’s Guangzhou or Shanghai or Beijing, one of the cities under mainland China’s control,” Fung said.

Another protester, a 22-year-old who asked to remain anonymous for their safety, said via WhatsApp, “It’s really the first time that I had a genuine feeling that I would be arrested just because of speaking aloud a slogan or holding a poster on the street.”

What is the Sino-British Joint Declaration?  It is an agreement signed by Britain and China in 1984 to settle the future of Hong Kong. The two governments agreed China would reassume control of Hong Kong, which was occupied by Britain after the Opium War in 1840, from July 1, 1997 and Hong Kong would have autonomy* for 50 years. [*autonomy is the quality or state of being self-governing, especially: the right of self-government]