Youth activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung vowed to continue fighting for Hong Kong democracy, saying he will not leave the path he has chosen for himself.
Wong told Apple Daily in an interview that he could opt to study abroad after getting out of jail and abandon the struggle for democracy because it is easier to leave than to stay.
But he said he will never do that because the path he has been pursuing is his own choice and he will stay on it.
Wong, who turned 21 this month, said he will always feel fortunate for being a part of a crucial chapter in Hong Kong’s history, referring to the Occupy Movement that staged a 79-day civil disobedience campaign to demand genuine universal suffrage in 2014.
Since leading the street protests, Wong has been receiving the most attention from international media among leaders of the opposition, but he said he does not deserve it, noting that being treated that way only makes him feel guilty and blame himself.
He also said that being imprisoned is not easy for activists like him, but their families, in fact, suffer no less.
Wong said he feels grateful to have open-minded parents who give him their full support.
In August, Wong and two other former student leaders were given jail terms of six to eight months after the government appealed their previous sentences for storming the government headquarters in Admiralty in 2014 in a protest that signaled the start of the Occupy campaign.
Wong and his fellow activist Nathan Law Kwun-chung were later freed on bail pending the results of their appeal against their jail sentences.
Wong admitted it is very likely that he could lose his appeal and be sent back to prison.
Nevertheless, he said he does not mind such a ruling because there is no difference between three months and three years in prison.
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