Demosisto folds up after leading figures depart

Local | 30 Jun 2020 3:55 pm

Demosisto announced this afternoon that the group is being dissolved, after prominent pro-democracy activists announced they are leaving the group this morning, citing worries in the wake of the national security law for Hong Kong.

In a statement, the group said the decision to disband was due to multiple departures this morning, and it is difficult to continue to function with remaining members.

Nathan Law Kwun-chung, Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Agnes Chow Ting, who co-founded the political group, announced on social media this morning they are leaving, hours after Beijing passed the national security law for Hong Kong.

“I announce my resignation as secretary general of Demosisto, and will withdraw from Demosisto," Wong said in a post on Facebook.

“The will of Hong Kong will not be frozen by the national security law or any evil law,” he added.

“Hongkongers will now be jailed for saying the wrong words or having wrong thoughts, and as a political figure, I really cannot predict my personal safety,” Law said.

“I will continue to take part in pro-democracy movements in my personal capacity in the future.''

Chow also said she will no longer be able to continue liaison with other countries after leaving from Demosisto.

Sources said the law will take effect tomorrow, after it is promulgated later today.

Sources also said lobbying for sanctions against China and Hong Kong will be regarded as “collusion with foreign forces,” which will be prohibited by the law.

The political group has been lobbying foreign countries to impose sanctions against Beijing and Hong Kong.

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