Alexandra “Grandma” Wong, the 63-year-old Union Jack-flying fixture of Hong Kong’s protest movement who sparked widespread fears after disappearing last month, is reportedly “safe,” a pro-democracy lawmaker has said.
Concerns had swirled online after pro-democracy protesters noted that Wong — who has been active in the city’s protests since the 2014 Umbrella Movement, and present at nearly every demonstration in the current pro-democracy movement — had not been spotted since Aug. 11, when she was was last seen after apparently being knocked over by police at Tai Koo MTR station.
Worries over Wong’s safety were further compounded when it emerged that she lives across the border in Shenzhen, doesn’t have a mobile phone, and had not responded to emails.
This evening, pro-democracy lawmaker Eddie Chu posted on Facebook that he had received information from the Security Bureau saying that Wong had been found in mainland China, adding that she was “safe,” but without offering more details.
Chu said he was told the authorities were providing more information to Wong’s relatives, and he has encouraged any members of her family to get in touch with him.
Chu had posted on Facebook this morning that he filed a missing persons to Hong Kong police on Aug. 31, but had not heard back from the authorities for two weeks.
He wrote that he also told senior Security Bureau officials about online rumors that she had been held at detention center in Shaoguan, Guangdong province.
In a recent Reuters profile, Wong said she has no children, and it remains unclear which family members police are contacting.