Ray Wong Toi-yeung, leader of localist group Hong Kong Indigenous, has not been heard from since leaving a “final message” online. His Facebook account has been deactivated and his phone remains unreachable.

Wong participated in the unrest in Mong Kok on Monday but was not arrested. On Thursday, he posted a recording online saying that he was unsure what will happen to him, and it may be his “final message”.

Ray Wong Yeung-toi of Hong Kong Indigenous. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
Ray Wong Yeung-toi of Hong Kong Indigenous. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Three hours after the message was posted, Hong Kong Indigenous posted on its Facebook page that many police officers had gathered around the flat and building where Wong lives.


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A group of plainclothes officers visited Wong’s home in Tseung Kwan O on Thursday night but did not find Wong, reported Sing Tao Daily.

In his message, Wong described himself as a “young person born and raised locally,” saying that he loved and treasured Hong Kong. He had joined many protests before, such as the Occupy protests and anti-parallel trading protests in Tuen Mun last year.

Ray Wong speaking at the Mong Kok protest.
Ray Wong speaking at the Mong Kok protest. Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

Many Hong Kong Indigenous members were arrested for participating in the riot, including Edward Leung Tin-kei, who is running as a candidate in the Legislative Council by-election at the end of this month. The group has appealed for donations on their Facebook page in order to pay legal fees for those arrested.

Hong Kong Indigenous is a localist group founded after the Occupy protests in 2014. They said they want to break away from old resistance methods and uphold indigenous Hong Kong values.

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