Activist Joshua Wong’s family sold home, moved to Australia: Report

Activist Joshua Wong is currently serving a jail sentence for his role in a 2019 protest. Photo: Facebook/Joshua Wong
Activist Joshua Wong is currently serving a jail sentence for his role in a 2019 protest. Photo: Facebook/Joshua Wong

Family members of activist Joshua Wong, who is currently in jail on a charge related to the 2019 protests, are said to have sold their home and left Hong Kong for Australia.

The local media outlet said the family sold their South Horizons apartment at a price below market value, according to a report published Tuesday by Sing Tao Daily.

The exodus, if confirmed, marks the highest-profile flight of an activist’s family to date.

At 17, Wong became the face of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement as leader of the 2014 Umbrella Revolution, delivering rousing speeches at protest camps and fielding interviews with foreign media outlets covering the movement.

The activist was sentenced to 13 and a half months in jail last December for his role in a protest outside the police headquarters during the 2019 anti-extradition demonstrations. This is Wong’s fourth stint in jail.

Last December, ex-lawmaker Ted Hui and his family fled to the UK through Denmark. Hui was facing nine protest-related charges when he left.

Lam Cheuk-ting, also a former lawmaker, too sold his Sha Tin home last week, according to Sing Tao Daily. The unit was put up for sale in the market last July, the paper reported.

He denied that he has any plans to Hong Kong, explaining that he needed to free up funds for the multiple lawsuits he is embroiled in—including one over his alleged role in the July 21 Yuen Long attacks—and to send his children for school overseas.

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