An activist for pro-democracy group Demosisto and a leading figure in Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, Joshua Wong was released from prison.
Wong urged Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam to withdraw the extradition amendment and to step down.
Speaking to reporters immediately after he left the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Facility, Wong urged the Hong Kong people to continue protesting the proposed extradition bill that will allow the Chinese Communist Part (CCP) to send suspects to stand trial in mainland Chinese courts.
“Let the whole world, let the international community realize how Hong Kong’s people will not be silenced under this oppression of President Xi and the Chief Executive Carrie Lam,” declared Wong.
The 22-year-old activist demanded Lam’s resignation.
“Carrie Lam must step down, otherwise, I believe in the next few weeks before the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty, more and more Hong Kong people—not only 1 million or 2 million people—will come and join our fight until the day we get back our basic human rights and freedom,” said Wong.
Wong’s release came in the aftermath of last week’s massive protests.
He had served a two-month sentence for his involvement in the 2014 protests that advocated a more democratic election process in the former British colony.
Wong revealed that there are more than 20 pro-democracy activists still in jail. “I’m lucky that today, I served the entire jail sentence,” said Wong.
Speaking outside the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Facility, Wong stated, “I hope in the future, no more political prisoners will exist in Hong Kong. Hong Kong should be the place with freedom, democracy, and human rights.”
Wong no longer believes in Lam’s government. The newly released pro-democracy activist said, “I have no hope toward the government, but I have hope toward people.”
Then he continued, “And we just realized how Hong Kong’s people, in the critical moment, will try the best to join our fight.”
Lam’s sentence has been reduced to two months from three because he was only a teenager when he was arrested in 2014. The young activist said he plans to meet his Demosisto teammates before joining the protests.
22-year-old freed pro-democracy activist asked Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign