SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 4 March 2024, Monday |

Hong Kong releases democracy activist Agnes Chow from prison

Hong Kong released the pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow from prison on Saturday after serving nearly seven months for her role in an unauthorized assembly during anti-government protests in the city in 2019.

The 24-year-old activist had been condemned along with her long-time activist colleague, Joshua Wong, for their involvement in an illegal rally near police headquarters in the Chinese-ruled city.

Wong remains in prison and the reason for Chow’s early release after being sentenced to 10 months in jail was not clear.

Chow was released from the Tai Lam Correctional Institution in Tuen Mun, in Hong Kong’s New Territories district, at about 10 a.m. (0200 GMT).

She did not speak to media before she was ushered into a car with friends and fellow democracy activists.

Supporters shouted “Agnes Chow add oil”, a Cantonese-language expression of encouragement that was widely used at the protests that roiled the city.

Some supporters wore black T-shirts and yellow masks and one held a yellow umbrella, a symbol of protests in the former British colony dating back to 2014.

Chow, along with Wong and Nathan Law, who has since been given asylum in Britain, came to prominence as teenage activists during the 2014 protests to demand universal suffrage.

    Source:
  • Reuters