06/12/2021, 13.28
HONG KONG – CHINA
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Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow released from prison

She was sentenced in December 2020 to 10 months in prison for her role in the Wan Chai Police Station siege. Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam are still in prison in connection with the same incident, which took place on 21 June 2019. Chow was one of the leaders of the anti-extradition movement. Her sentence was reduced for good behaviour.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – Agnes Chow was released from prison this morning after seven months.

The well-known pro-democracy activist was sentenced in December 2020 to 10 months in prison for inciting an anti-government protest on 21 June, 2019.

That day, thousands of people surrounded police headquarters in Wan Chai, calling on Hong Kong authorities to drop an extradition bill and urging law enforcement to stop describing pro-democracy protests as “riots.”

Two other young pro-democracy leaders – Joshua Wong  and  Ivan Lam – were jailed in connection with the same event.

The three pleaded guilty to raising public awareness about Hong Kong’s crackdown against the pro-democracy movement.

Wong, Chow and Lam are among the founders of Demosisto, a pro-independence party that disbanded itself after China adopted a draconian security law in June 2020.

Chow’s sentence was reduced for good behaviour.

On leaving Tai Lam Penitentiary, the young activist made no statements and drove away accompanied by friends and pro-democracy supporters.

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