HK activist pleads guilty to illegal assembly

HONG KONG: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung pleaded guilty to charges of organising and taking part in an unauthorised assembly near police headquarters during last year’s anti-government protests.

Wong, who disbanded his group Demosisto in June, faces a maximum five-year jail term.

He appeared at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts yesterday.

His long-time activist colleague Agnes Chow Ting pleaded guilty to charges related to the same June 2019 protest, while Ivan Lam Long-yin, another colleague, also pleaded guilty yesterday.

The sentencing is scheduled for Dec 2 and the trio have been remanded in custody.

Wong also faces charges of participating in an unauthorised assembly in October 2019 and on June 4,2020.

Earlier this year, Wong was disqualified along with 11 other opposition politicians and activists from running in a since-postponed election for the city’s Legislative Council. — China Daily/ANN

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