Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong arrested for 2019 ‘illegal assembly’

Prominent democracy activist slams his arrest as a ‘notorious abuse’ of power after court frees him on bail.

Al Jazeera
Date: 24 Sep 2020

Joshua Wong speaks to the media while holding up a bail document after leaving Central Police Station in Hong Kong on September 24, 2020, after being arrested for unlawful assembly related to a 2019 protest against a government ban on face masks (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP) (AFP)

Police in Hong Kong arrested on Thursday prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong for participating in an unauthorised assembly in October 2019 and violating the city’s anti-mask law, according to a series of posts on his Twitter account.

He was freed on bail three hours later

Wong’s latest arrest adds to several unlawful assembly charges or suspected offences he and other activists are facing related to last year’s pro-democracy protests, which prompted Beijing to impose a sweeping national security law on June 30.

In a series of Twitter posts, the 23-year-old said he was taken into custody when he reported to a police station.

He called his brief arrest “a notorious abuse to the criminal justice system” and said there was “nothing to celebrate on bizarrely prompt release”.    [FULL  STORY]