Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Agnes Chow resign from Demosisto as Beijing passes national security law

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong hands out leaflets in Wong Tai Sin on June 20, 2012. Photo via Facebook/Joshua Wong
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong hands out leaflets in Wong Tai Sin on June 20, 2012. Photo via Facebook/Joshua Wong

Key activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Agnes Chow have quit Demosisto, the pro-democracy group that has been on the frontlines of lobbying international support for Hong Kong’s political movement.

The trio’s announcements were made Tuesday morning, shortly after Beijing unanimously passed a contentious national security law that critics fear will have far-reaching consequences on what many say is the city’s rapidly shrinking freedom.

“A grim fate awaits us… we have to muster our courage. I now announce my resignation as Secretary-General of Demosisto, and at the same time am quitting Demosisto. I will use my personal capacity to practice my convictions,” Wong wrote on his Facebook page.

Law, who was the founding chairperson of Demosisto, and standing committee member Chow, posted similar messages on their Facebook page.


Posted by 羅冠聰 Nathan Law on Monday, June 29, 2020


Posted by 周庭 Agnes Chow Ting on Monday, June 29, 2020


Jeffrey Ngo, who was the group’s Washington D.C.-based Chief Researcher, also announced his resignation. On Facebook, Ngo wrote: “Thanks to all who have walked this unforgettable journey with me for the past three years and four months.”

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Chief Executive Carrie Lam refused to answer questions pertaining to the legislation. According to reports, authorities will set up a dedicated unit to enforce the legislation. Offenders will face a minimum jail term of three years, and serious violations could entail a life sentence.

The passing of the law comes a day before July 1, the politically charged anniversary that marks 23 years since Hong Kong, a former British colony, was handed back to mainland China. The date draws massive pro-democracy demonstrations every year. Last year, protesters demanding the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill broke into the Legislative Council as night fell, vandalizing the meeting chamber and spray-painting protest slogans.

Earlier this week, police rejected organizing group Civil Human Rights Front’s application for this year’s July 1 march, citing public health restrictions. But protesters have vowed to defy the police ban and take to the streets anyway, many seeing tomorrow as the city’s final opportunity to voice their political demands.

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