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

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a man holding a sign: 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.

2016年4月,是眾志創立的日子,也是我以創會主席的身份,與一眾同儕共同承擔時代對我們的挑戰。四年來歷經不少風雨,我們依然團結向前,未忘初心。然而,在《國安法》帶領下,香港掀起一股腥風血雨的文革潮,香港人將被以言入罪、以思想入罪,輕則三…

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

我,周庭,宣布從今天起退出香港眾志。作為創立團體的其中一員,這是個沉重且迫不得已的決定。未來的國際連結工作,我亦將無法再參與。嚴冬在前,今天就此與伙伴戰友別過,各自在不同崗位上努力。即使活在絕望當中,我們都要繼續堅強的生活着,時刻記着彼此的存在。只要活着就會看見希望。周庭二零二零年六月三十日

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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