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.
“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