Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong – who is already serving a prison sentence for a protest-related offence – pleaded guilty on Friday to taking part in an unauthorised assembly and violating an anti-mask law during a demonstration in October 2019.

Wong and veteran activist Koo Sze-yiu appeared at Eastern Magistrates’ Court. Wong admitted the two charges, while Koo pleaded not guilty to joining an unauthorised protest.

Joshua Wong. File photo: Studio Incendo.

Koo, 74, who has stage four colorectal cancer, was sentenced to four months in jail in a separate case on Thursday for desecrating the Chinese national flag. He had told that court not to pity him or be lenient with him, saying he also wouldn’t show mercy to the mainland regime.

Wong last month began serving a 13.5-month sentence for organising and inciting an unauthorised assembly outside police headquarters in Wan Chai in June 2019.

He was arrested while in jail earlier this month under the national security law, over his participation in an opposition primary election intended to precede the since-postponed Legislative Council election.

Koo will appear in court on March 23 for trial on the unauthorised assembly offence. Wong’s sentencing will be postponed till then.

Candice Chau

Candice is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously worked as a researcher at a local think tank. She has a BSocSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and a MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics.