Joshua Wong says he expects to be jailed

Joshua Wong says he expects to be jailed

Joshua Wong talks to RTHK’s Janice Wong

Student activist Joshua Wong said he expects to be jailed on Thursday for his action in 2014 which triggered the Occupy protests.

Prosecutors are demanding harsher sentences for the Demosisto general secretary, former student leader Alex Chow, and ousted lawmaker, Nathan Law, for storming Civic Square at the government’s headquarters. The Court of Appeal is expected to hand down its verdict on Thursday.

Wong and Law were given community service orders and Chow a suspended sentence for illegal assembly last year. Law was also found guilty of inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly.

Wong said he expects a harsher sentence after 13 activists originally spared jail by a lower court were slapped with prison terms on Tuesday after the prosecution contested their community service sentences. The activists had tried to storm Legco during a 2014 protest against a development plan in the northeastern New Territories.

Speaking to RTHK’s Janice Wong after attending a radio programme, Joshua Wong said the more severe penalties should not deter HongKongers from fighting for democracy.

“I expect to face immediate imprisonment. However, I still hope to encourage Hong Kong people to keep on fighting for democracy. When the youngsters who need to be sent to jail still continue to stand in the frontline, I think there’s no reason for Hong Kong people to step backward”, he said.