Prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong receives bail after being pushed into a car & # 39; and has been arrested on the eve of more anti-China protests
- Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested Friday prior to weekend protests
- Wong served five weeks in prison for contempt of the court and was released in June
- Unrest in Hong Kong started in mid-June about a now extradition law suspended
- Wong is one of three pro-democracy leaders who were arrested yesterday and today
Democracy activist Joshua Wong from Hong Kong has been bailed after he was arrested and accused of inciting people earlier today.
The 22-year-old activist was arrested alongside Agnes Chow, a core member of a pro-democracy group he founded, prior to another weekend of planned demonstrations in the Chinese government-ruled city.
Hong Kong, a former British colony, is struggling with the biggest political crisis since the transfer to Beijing in 1997.
Wong is the face of Hong Kong & # 39; s pursuit of full democracy during protests in 2014 that paralyzed parts of the city for 79 days.
He is also the Secretary General of Demosisto, a pro-democracy party that he founded in 2016.
He was arrested and pushed into a car after he was released from prison only two months ago. He was released in June after a period of five weeks due to contempt for the court.
Joshua Wong (photo) was arrested Friday and & # 39; pushed into a car & # 39; for a new weekend of protests in Hong Kong
& # 39; He was suddenly pushed into the street in a private car & # 39 ;, said Wong political party Demosisto, who argues for more democracy in Hong Kong, on her official Twitter account.
& # 39; He has now been escorted to police headquarters in Wan Chai, & # 39; said it, adding that his lawyers were working on the case.
Agnes Chow, 22, another prominent activist was arrested alongside Wong and faced the same indictment.
The unrest in Hong Kong escalated in mid-June over a now suspended extradition law that could send people to mainland China for a trial in Communist Party controlled courts.
Wong was released from prison after five weeks in prison for contempt for the court (photo Wong arrested for climbing a statue in Hong Kong in 2017)
It has since evolved to call for more democracy according to the formula & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39 ;, which guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, including an independent judiciary.
China brought new troops to Hong Kong on Thursday and described it as a routine rotation of the garrison.
Chinese state media stressed that the troop movement was routine, and Asian and Western diplomats who had seen the troops of the People & # 39; s Liberation Army (PLA) in the former British colony had expected this.
Unrest in Hong Kong escalated in mid-June over a now suspended extradition law allowing people to be sent to mainland China for trial in communist-controlled courts (photo Joshua Wong surrounded by riot police after March in July 2019)
Chinese soldiers stationed in Hong Kong are not just for symbolic purposes and they will & # 39; have no reason to sit on their hands & # 39; if the situation in the city worsens, an editorial said in the China Daily newspaper on Friday.
The police refused permission for a pro-democracy march on Saturday, but the organizers have appealed.
The protest would last five years since Beijing excluded universal suffrage for Hong Kong and comes when Hong Kong faces its first recession in a decade, with all its pillars of growth under stress.
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