Date
22 September 2017
Joshua Wong sits in a prison van upon arriving at the High Court on Tuesday. Wong's latest diary entry shows a self-sketched floor plan of his two-person cell (inset). Photo: Reuters/Facebook page of Demosistō
Joshua Wong sits in a prison van upon arriving at the High Court on Tuesday. Wong's latest diary entry shows a self-sketched floor plan of his two-person cell (inset). Photo: Reuters/Facebook page of Demosistō

Joshua Wong gives pep talk to democracy activists from jail

Joshua Wong Chi-fung vowed to come back more determined after his incarceration for his role in the 2014 democracy protests.

In his diary unveiled by the media, Wong, 20, secretary general of political party Demosistō, wrote that “[t]hings that can’t defeat us will make us stronger”.

He said people should care about other activists who are not in the spotlight, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Wong and 15 other young activists were given jail terms after the government appealed their sentences.

Overturning a lower court’s ruling, the Court of Appeal sentenced Wong to six months in prison last Thursday.

Fellow democracy protesters Nathan Law Kwun-chung got eight months and and Alex Chow Yong-kang seven months.

Wong has been imprisoned in the Pik Uk Correctional Institution in Sai Kung since Aug. 17.

He told his supporters not to worry about him, saying his cell is not that bad and he receives no mistreatment. He said he is able to receive information from RTHK radio news, TV and newspapers, according to Apple Daily.

He expressed his appreciation to those who took to the streets on Sunday, saying their support inspires him.

Wong criticized the government and said the jailing of the young activists will make the world realize that the rule if law in Hong Kong is on the brink of collapse.

He also wrote that a promised dialogue by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung is nothing but a lie just by looking at how they had worked so hard to disqualify some pro-democracy lawmakers as well as send the young activists to prison.

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