A Hong Kong court has convicted prominent pro-democracy activist “Grandma Wong” of assaulting a security guard and sentenced her to one month in prison.

Magistrate Edward Wong at Eastern Magistrates’ Court ruled on Wednesday that Alexandra Wong, 65, had intentionally pushed a security guard at the High Court lobby in January 2019.

Hong Kong activist Alexandra Wong photographed in Causeway Bay on June 4, 2021. File photo: Studio Incendo.

She had rushed at a guard when approached for a security check after failing to pass through the court’s metal detectors. Wong ruled her actions were not in self-defence and convicted her of common assault. He described the case as “serious” and said it was important for courts to protect their staff.

Wong shouted pro-democracy slogans as she left the court, including “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times!” and accused the police of “bullying everyone,” according to local media reports.

Wong was a regular presence at pro-democracy rallies, toting a British flag and a yellow umbrella. She was separately arrested over a one-person protest in Wan Chai in late May.

Rhoda Kwan

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.