AdvertisementAdvertisementOn Saturday morning, one of those figures walked free from prison.Chow, 24, was mobbed by waiting media but made no comment as she was driven away.Chow hails from a generation of activists who cut their teeth in politics as teenagers and became an inspiration for those who chafe under Beijing's increasingly authoritarian rule.
She spent some seven months behind bars for her role in a 2019 protest outside the city's police headquarters. Fellow youth activists Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam were sentenced in the same case.AdvertisementChow's release comes at a sensitive time.
Two years ago on Jun 12, thousands of protesters surrounded the city's legislature in an attempt to stop the passage of a bill that could have allowed extraditions to mainland China's opaque judicial system.Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the huge crowds. headtopics.com
Footage of the clashes deepened public anger, and fuelled what became an increasingly violent movement calling for full democracy that raged for seven straight months.READ: Hong Kong police detain activist on Tiananmen anniversaryHuge crowds rallied week after week in the most serious challenge to China's rule since Hong Kong's 1997 handover.
Beijing's leaders have dismissed the call for democracy, portraying those who protested as stooges of"foreign forces" trying to undermine China.They have since overseen a sweeping crackdown that has successfully curbed dissent and radically transformed the once outspoken semi-autonomous city.
The spear tip of that crackdown is the national security law.More than 100 people have been arrested under the new law, including Chow, although she has not yet been charged.Dozens have been charged, including jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai.Most have been denied bail and they face up to life in jail if convicted.
Protests have been all but illegal for the last year in Hong Kong but anniversary events can focus attention.READ: Hong Kong bans Tiananmen vigil for second year running, citing COVID-19 situationOn Friday, two activists from Student Politicism were arrested on suspicion of advertising an unauthorised assembly. headtopics.com
Last week authorities banned an annual candlelight vigil to commemorate victims of Beijing's deadly 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.But many Hong Kongers still quietly signalled defiance by turning on mobile phone lights and lighting candles that evening.Read more: CNA »
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She coloured her hair in prison? hau_hk Liberate Hong Kong peoples. We are not Chinese, we are HongKongers. StandWithHongKong Welcome to NaziHongKong Glad to see her back. She shouldn’t have been in jail at all. That’s political prosecution. Pls take good care Without the rule of law, HongKong government will soon make another excuse to capture her again
Free AgnesChow Free Hong Kong End CCP poor hk teenager StandWithHongKong AgnesChow kerokero_HKer Hongkonger & many Freedom fighters are under HumanitarianCrisis now :( But HKer never surrender! Still fighting for justice, truth & HumanRight & democracy! Dear world, StandWithHK! SOSHK FreeHK LiberateHK CCP_is_terrorist AntiChinazi HongKong HongKongNeedsHelp
Unfortunately, there are more charges waiting for her. CCP will not let her go easily. It is time for her to take a short rest, HongKongers will be on her side. HongKong standwithHongKong FreeAgnesChow 612hk , today also symbolizes that the gov has ignored the wishes of Hong Kong people for two full years. In June alone, at least 641 arrested persons needed legal support due to their arrests. May God bless AgnesChow 🙏🏼
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