China-born Hong Kong youth convicted under national security law


Wong Yat-chin, former chairman of student political group Student Politicalism, was accused under the National Security Act (NSL) of “conspiring to incite others to overthrow state power.” You could appeal for leniency in court and be sentenced. He wrote earlier, “I have no hopes for the results, but I have no complaints or regrets.”

Born in Suining, Sichuan province, mainland China, the 21-year-old went to Hong Kong when he was in fifth grade. He participated in the parade for the first time on June 9, 2019 and began participating in social movements afterward. He was arrested and pursued many times.

On January 23, 2021, Wong’s mainland relatives and friends were questioned by police at his home, and Wong himself was pursued in Hong Kong by an unidentified individual. To provide reassurance and security to his relatives, he issued his official statement declaring that he had severed all ties with his mainland relatives and friends.

On September 20, 2021, officers from the National Security Agency of the Hong Kong Police arrested Wong for “conspiracy to instigate the overthrow of state power.” Wong has been denied bail, although he has applied twice. As a result, he was detained for over a year before the latest court ruling.

While in prison, Wong wrote an article on his Instagram account managed by friends and relatives on Sept. 10 and published it on Sept. 20. Published an article of about 600 words in the title.

He started by sharing his daily life in prison. This includes reading, exercising, listening to songs, and writing letters in your spare time. To keep his peace of mind, he also developed a habit of practicing meditation. He also thanked those who subscribed to his Patreon account, which “helps ease the financial pressure from my family.”

He said the case would be closed soon. I don’t expect results, but I have no complaints or regrets either. “At least I have tried to pursue an ideal that seems unattainable but beautiful, and I am willing to endure all the pain that comes with it.”

He also thanked relatives and friends who worked tirelessly to encourage him while in prison. You were the one who saw me off in the car too, and I deserve a heartfelt thank you.”

He said he was able to face it with calmness when he learned he would be remanded for the 2021 Mid-Autumn Festival. When he saw the lights shining, he said, “The sight out of the car window made me cry. It’s a sight I will live with. And remember forever.”

I’m glad I was born in a turbulent era

Wong also said he was lucky to be born in this tumultuous time. He said that while some might think it was all for nothing, no one can be sure of the final outcome.

He said he understands that those who deeply love Hong Kong can’t help but see “such a state of decline” now. So folks, don’t underestimate the power of the individual. How we live affects how the world turns out. ”

“In fact, perceived fear itself is far more frightening than reality,” Wong said. Even if you live inside, for now you can find purpose in patience.”

In conclusion he writes: The song ended with two hashtags, “#Remember the feeling when you cross the sea of ​​people” and “#Remember the passion in full bloom”, which are the lyrics of the popular song “Remember” written and composed by Terrence Lam.

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On June 16, 2021, Wong Yat Ching and other organizers of student politicalism set up a street booth in Mong Kok and distributed leaflets to remind people of the Hong Kong protests and stand up for their continued resistance. called on the nation. (Sung Pi-Lung/The Epoch Times)
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Wong Yat-chin was questioned by the police on June 16, 2021 for his activities. (Song Piron/Epoch Times)

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On February 21, 2021, Hong Kong’s Wong Yat Ching and student political organizers set up a street booth in Mong Kok to urge the public not to use the LeaveHomeSafe app. (Sung Pi-Lung/The Epoch Times)

Wong Yat Chin, 21, and four former members of “Student Politicism,” including former secretary Chang Chisam, 20, and former spokespersons Alice Wong, 19, and Jessica Chu, 18, announced their Indicted on date. From 2020 to 16 June 2021, “colluding with others in Hong Kong to organize, plan, implement, or participate in implementation by using force or the threat of the use of force, or any other unlawful means; Inciting others to organize, plan, act, or participate in order to achieve the purpose of destruction.” state power. As detailed in the case, the defendants often stood up in arms and called on the public to fight valiantly until the regime was overthrown. They set up street stations to chant slogans such as ‘Revolution of our time’.

The four pleaded guilty in a district court in July and appealed for leniency at a hearing on Sept. 24, where they could be sentenced on the same day.