World must support Hong Kong, says activist Wong at court hearing Jul 07, 2020 0 36 12345 DPAHong KongThree high-profile Hong Kong activists faced court proceedings on Monday for charges filed against them last year after thousands of protesters stormed a police headquarters building.Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow pleaded guilty to charges of inciting and participating in unauthorized assembly, while fellow activists Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam pleaded not guilty to the same charges.Wong additionally pleaded not guilty to charges of organizing an unauthorized assembly. All three were released on bail until August 5, when Chow is set to be sentenced.Amid mass demonstrations last year against a now-withdrawn extradition bill, on June 21, 2019, protesters blocked roads, chanted at police and threw objects and defaced a police headquarters in response to alleged police brutality.Speaking from inside the court on Monday, Wong told dpa that political persecution was now part of the daily routine in Hong Kong.“More than 1,600 Hong Kongers have been prosecuted and almost 10,000 of us were arrested last summer. It’s a difficult time for us, but it is not the time for us to surrender yet,” he said.On Wednesday - July 1, the day Hong Kong marked 23 years since its handover to China from British rule - a new national security law imposed by China came into force. It targets secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces in Hong Kong.Critics say its purpose is to quash dissent in the financial hub, which has been roiled by protests for the past year.Though the official annual march to mark the anniversary was banned by police, hundreds took to the streets in protest against the new law, resulting in more than 370 arrests, 10 of which were for breaching the new security law.Under the new law, “serious offenders” may face life imprisonment, or a fixed term of no less than 10 years. In the past, Hong Kong has enjoyed greater political freedoms than in mainland China.Wong said he and the other pro-democracy activists would continue to let the voice of Hong Kongers be heard in the global community.“Now is the time for the world to support Hong Kong,” he said.“Even though we don’t operate Demosisto [anymore], this weekend is the primary elections for the pro-democracy camp and we urge people to come and vote, every vote counts to pressure Beijing,” he said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES With 700,000 virus cases, India is 3rd worst-hit in world Jul 07, 2020 0 469 Duterte’s anti-terrorism law challenged in Philippines’ top court Jul 07, 2020 0 341 Over one million told to evacuate in Japan after heavy rain kills 44 Jul 07, 2020 0 40 Philippines raises alarm over spike after COVID-19 lockdown easing DPA Manila Philippine authorities on Monday expressed alarm over a spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the country and urged the public to strictly follow preventive protocols. “We are alarmed because the .. Nepal makes wearing a face mask mandatory in public places DPA Kathmandu Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) made wearing face masks in public places mandatory on Monday, with provisions for legal action against those defying the public health and safety rules. Umakanta .. Hundreds of drones light up Seoul sky with virus messages Seoul Hundreds of drones lit up the night sky in Seoul for a spectacular showcase of motivational and awareness messages as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Three hundred unmanned aerial vehicles were .. India, China agree to ‘complete disengagement’ from deadly border flashpoint AFP New Delhi Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the .. Border closure as Melbourne sees sharp spike in virus cases DPA Canberra The internal border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), will close after Covid-19 cases have spiked in Victorian capital city Melbourne, state Premiers .. China says US has ‘ulterior motives’ in South China Sea Beijing China said the United States had “ulterior motives” for dispatching two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea, in the latest show of military might between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry ..