Actor Gregory Wong appealed on social media on Tuesday for work opportunities, saying he was struggling to pay a “huge sum” in legal fees in connection with charges relating to last year’s anti-extradition protests.

“Today I received some not-so-good news, because I did not receive a lot of help. In the future I have to face a huge sum of legal fees,” Wong wrote in a Facebook post.

Gregory Wong
Gregory Wong. File photo: Citizen News.

“I need a lot of commercial work opportunities. Please everyone help ‘punish’ me,” he petitioned, employing terminology frequently used by protesters to support “yellow” businesses which side with the pro-democracy movement.

The actor was arrested in October 2019 in relation to the storming of the city’s legislative building on July 1. The 42-year-old was later charged with rioting and illegal entry.

Gregory Wong is an outspoken supporter of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, frequently tweeting messages of solidarity with other activists.

Dissident actors are a small minority in the city, where the size of the mainland Chinese audience induces filmmakers to curry favour with Beijing.

Another pro-democracy actor, Anthony Wong, left Hong Kong for Taipei, saying in a social media post earlier this year he was considering becoming a Taiwanese citizen.

Wong’s appeal for work comes amid a crackdown by authorities on dissenting voices in the city under the national security law.

Additional Reporting: Candice Chau

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Rhoda Kwan is HKFP's Assistant Editor. She has previously written for TimeOut Hong Kong and worked at Meanjin, a literary journal. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in Law and Literature from the University of Hong Kong.