The Hong Kong judiciary released three prominent democracy-friendly activists on bail on Monday, who were arrested in June 2019 as part of violent protests.
Upon leaving the courts, Agnes Chow, Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam confirmed that they would be free on bail until August 5. While Chow pleaded guilty to the charges against him, Wong and Lam claimed they had in no way induced them to take part in an organized march without prior permission.
For his part, Chow has admitted to encouraging others to join the march that brought a crowd to a Wan Chai police station on June 21, 2019, as the RTHK radio station reports. Hearings on this case will continue in August, the date on which the judiciary plans to sentence Chow and review the Wong and Lam cases.
Wong spoke to the media out of court on his way, warning that political persecution is commonplace in Hong Kong today. “Last summer, more than 1,600 people in Hong Kong were indicted and another 10,000 arrested. It’s a difficult time for us, but it’s not the time to surrender,” he said, according to the DPA news agency.