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Hong Kong: 'We shall never surrender' - protest leader after arrests

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
August 30, 2019 at 15:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Activists Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow Ting were released on bail after being arrested for illegally organising a demonstration in Hong Kong on Friday. Footage shows them leaving the court building.

"Joshua and I were arrested at our home this morning for participating and him organizing an unauthorised assembly on the 21st of June this year. We can see very clearly that the regime and the Hong Kong government are trying to create a 'white terror' to try to scare Hong Kong people to not to participate in the social and democratic movement in the future," said Agnes Chow Ting outside the court.

"High-degree autonomy is strongly being eroded under the chilling effects of troops moving to the border and about the emergency ordinance. Which means that Beijing just continually manipulates on Hong Kong people's freedom and we shall never surrender," added Joshua Wong.

Hong Kong has seen a wave of massive protests since the end of March against a proposed law amendment which could allow Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. The demonstrations then grew into a wider movement calling for reforms and an investigation into police actions.

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Activists Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow Ting were released on bail after being arrested for illegally organising a demonstration in Hong Kong on Friday. Footage shows them leaving the court building.

"Joshua and I were arrested at our home this morning for participating and him organizing an unauthorised assembly on the 21st of June this year. We can see very clearly that the regime and the Hong Kong government are trying to create a 'white terror' to try to scare Hong Kong people to not to participate in the social and democratic movement in the future," said Agnes Chow Ting outside the court.

"High-degree autonomy is strongly being eroded under the chilling effects of troops moving to the border and about the emergency ordinance. Which means that Beijing just continually manipulates on Hong Kong people's freedom and we shall never surrender," added Joshua Wong.

Hong Kong has seen a wave of massive protests since the end of March against a proposed law amendment which could allow Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. The demonstrations then grew into a wider movement calling for reforms and an investigation into police actions.

M/S Activists Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow Ting leaving court building, Hong Kong

M/S Wong showing document to journalists

SOT, Agnes Chow Ting, protester (English): "Joshua and I were arrested at our home this morning for participating and him organizing an unauthorised assembly on the 21st of June this year. We can see very clearly that the regime and the Hong Kong government are trying to create a 'white terror' to try to scare Hong Kong people to not to participate in the social and democratic movement in the future. But, we Hong Kong people, won't give up and we won't be scared by this 'white terror' and injustice, but we will keep on fighting for democracy and the five demands of the Hong Kong people, including a complete retraction of the extradition law and an independent investigation over the police violence. And also, the most important thing is the universal suffrage and the democratic political system in Hong Kong. And we hope the international community and the international media could continuously keep their eyes on the Hong Kong situation and show this support to Hong Kong people who are fighting so hard for democracy of Hong Kong."

M/S Journalists

SOT, Joshua Wong, protester (English): "Two months ago, I served all of my jail sentence and left prison. Unfortunately, under chilling effects generated by Beijing and Hong Kong government, we're strongly aware that arrested activists, no matter how progressively or moderately. All we ask for is just to urge the Beijing and Hong Kong government to withdraw the bill, stop police brutality and respond to our calls of free election. Even I've been jailed for three times and I need to face a trial on the 8th of November, which means three months later, but we will keep on our fight. We shall not surrender. And I urge the international community to send a clear message to President Xi: sending troops or using emergency ordinance is not the way out. We will continue our fight, no matter how they arrest and prosecute us."

M/S Journalists

SOT, Joshua Wong, protester (English): "Beijing realized that they will never accept to withdraw or terminate their extradition bill that still exists. It just implies that "one country, two systems" is already eroded to a "one country, one and a half system." And high-degree autonomy is strongly being eroded under the chilling effects of troops moving to the border and about the emergency ordinance. Which means that Beijing just continually manipulates on Hong Kong people's freedom and we shall never surrender."

M/S Court building

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