HONG KONG: The world must stand in solidarity with Hong Kongers after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the semi-autonomous city, activist Joshua Wong said on Monday, vowing to continue campaigning for democracy, reports AFP.
Wong, one of the city’s most prominent young activists, was speaking outside a court where he and fellow campaigners were being prosecuted for involvement in civil unrest which rocked Hong Kong last year.China enacted the security law for the restless city last week, banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.
The law has sent a wave of fear through Hong Kong, and criminalised certain opinions such as calls for independence or autonomy.
At his court appearance on Tuesday, Wong, 23, remained unbowed.
“We still have to let the world know that now is the time to stand with Hong Kong,” he told reporters, adding that China could not “ignore and silence the voice of Hong Kong people”.