Joshua Wong, the figure of pro-democracy mobilization in Hong Kong, announced his intention to plead guilty during his trial on Monday for an illicit demonstration.
Joshua Wong, 24, is being sued along with two other famous dissidents, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow, for a protest outside the Hong Kong Police Headquarters last summer.
“The three of us have decided to plead guilty to all counts,” Wong told reporters upon arriving in court.
“I would not be surprised if I was immediately taken into custody today,” he added. “We will continue to fight for freedom, and this is not the time to flatten out in front of Beijing or to surrender,” continued the man who in 2014 was the face of the Umbrella Movement.
The trial of the three pro-democracy activists opens as the former British colony is the subject of a strong takeover by Beijing, which has imposed on its semi-autonomous region a very controversial law on national security, in response to the huge popular mobilization of 2019.