Democratic activists Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam, and Agnes Chow have pleaded guilty to the Hong Kong protests and face arrest.
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The three activists appeared in court on Monday. Joshua Wong said he expects to go to prison, where he could be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison.
However, because the alleged crimes occurred before China passed the controversial National Security Law in June, they avoided a potential life sentence.
Joshua Wong revealed that he changed his mind after confronting his lawyer.
“We have decided to plead guilty to all charges. It will not be surprising if I am sent to immediate detention today, ”Wong told reporters and photographers in the courtroom. “We will continue our fight for freedom, and now is not the time to kowtow to Beijing and surrender.”
The three will remain in custody until December 2, when they will be sentenced.
The allegations concern the organization, inciting and having participated in an unauthorized assembly.
Joshua Wong, previously stated that these charges will not stop him, being persuaded that “neither prison bars, nor election ban, nor any other arbitrary powers would stop us from activism”.
Joshua Wong also used his platform to raise awareness of the plight of the 12 young Hong Kong activists who were arrested trying to escape to Taiwan by boat and are currently detained in mainland China.
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