søndag 18. oktober 2020

Hong Kong protester 'Grandma Wong’: I was held in mainland China for 14 months

An elderly woman who disappeared midway through Hong Kong’s democracy protests last year has resurfaced in the financial hub after 14 months away, saying she had been detained on the Chinese mainland. Alexandra Wong said on Saturday she was forced to renounce her activism in writing, record a video statement saying she was not tortured, and sent on a “patriotic tour” of the country’s north.

Called “Grandma Wong” by her fellow activists and often spotted waving a British flag, the 64-year-old attended virtually every rally during the early days of the movement for greater democracy and police accountability, which kicked off in June 2019. She disappeared in August last year and maintained only sporadic contact with local media in the former British colony.