Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was arrested for “unlawful assembly” related to a 2019 protest against a government ban on face masks, according to a post on his official Twitter account. The post said that Wong was also being held for violating the anti-mask law – a ban on wearing face masks in public places, which has since been ruled unconstitutional.
“The arrest is related to participating in an unauthorized assembly on 5Oct last year. He is told to have violated the draconian anti-mask law as well,” Wong’s account said.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong police confirmed that they arrested two men, aged 23 and 74, on Thursday for illegal assembly.
“It’s another outrageous attempt to silence the voice of the freedom fighters in Hong Kong, especially someone who has a leading role like Joshua,” pro-democracy activist Nathan Law, who is currently in London, told DW. “The world must condemn these arbitrary arrests and continue to keep an eye on the deterioration of freedom in Hong Kong.”
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