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Hong Kong: Activist Joshua Wong released from prison in wake of mass protests

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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was released from prison in Hong Kong on Monday, in the wake of mass protests against China’s extradition bill.

Wong was freed from the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Institute, after serving one month of a two-month sentence related to 2014 protests.

Speaking to the press after his release, Wong demanded the resignation of “evil” Chief Executive Carrie Lam, noting that “more and more Hong Kong people, not only one million or two million people will come and join our fight until they get back our basic human rights and freedom.”

The Hong Kong activist added, “I have no hope towards the government, I have hope towards people.”

On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of protests descended on Hong Kong’s streets, demanding the withdrawal of the currently suspended extradition bill. According to the protest organisers, nearly two million people participated in the protest. Police said that the turnout was 338,000 at its peak.

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