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.

June 4, 2021 Causeway Bay Grandma Wong Alexandra Wong
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.

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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.