1. This is a story of a Thai student leader, which makes my tears drop.
I don’t know Francis personally, but the same pursuit of freedom and human dignity makes us connected. Proud to be part of #Milkteaalliace
2. I feel the pain when he made a brave decision, to turn himself to the police to prove that he is innocent -- even though he may face life-long imprisonment under the current draconian law.
3. Just a couple days ago, he recorded a video in support of Hong Kong movement and Taiwan. The police accused him of intending to hurt the Queen on 14 Oct, when the protest was completely peaceful and did not obstruct the movement of the Queen.
4. Francis was wanted under the military rule that arbitrarily deprives people of their basic rights of protesting and speech. It’s obvious that the authority intended to intimidate the other protestors by setting Francis as an example. This charge could put him in jail for life.
5. When Francis heard about the arrest warrant, he decided to confront this absurd accusation – on 16 Oct, he turned himself to the police station and stated clearly that he did not intend to hurt anyone.
6. Before he stepped into the police station, he reconfirmed his determination towards the fight for freedom. He quoted President Roosevelt:” The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”
7. Often people living in democratic societies take freedom for granted. While in the other part of the world, protestors have to face life-long imprisonment for the most fundamental rights to protest and vote. We all stand together, and to support the pursuit of democracy.

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16 Aug
1/5 From #Belarus, #HongKong, to #Thailand - the masses have been thrust to the forefront of a global struggle against the surging offence on our values of freedom and liberty.
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2/5 One viral photo after another, we hail young protestors as fearless agents of change. We applaud, reshare, retweet. But this characterisation cannot be further from the truth.
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3/5 Contexts are different, but the scenes have started to blend together. Of being brutally beaten up, jailed, raped in detention, murdered, or of a criminal record that strips away all future opportunities. The young aren't fearless, they are terrified. Image
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31 Jul
1. THREAD: Like all of you, I found out from news reports that I — along with five other Hong Kongers currently overseas — am on the wanted list for having violated the NSL. I have no idea what is my “crime” and I don’t think that’s important. Perhaps I love Hong Kong too much.
2. Since 2014 I have experienced a lot of ups and downs: from student leader to a Legislative Council member, and from a prisoner to an international advocate, I have not for a moment betrayed Hong Kongers’ values and democratic aspirations.
3. I’d be dishonest if I said I could’ve imagined six years ago that, by the time of Hong Kong’s complete destruction under Chinese control in 2020, I’d be so far gone, truly not knowing when I could return home.
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22 Jul
1. THREAD: Amid a series of strong UK responses — the Huawei ban and the suspension of its extradition treaty
with #HongKong among them — to growing signs of Chinese imperialism, @SecPompeo paid an important visit to London, where he and I had a great conversation yesterday.
2. Unlike previous meetings with top American government representatives, I enjoyed the opportunity to sit down and chat personally with Pompeo for over 20 minutes. We touched first and foremost on the latest threats of the new, Beijing-imposed National Security Law.
3. We also discussed #China's broader strategy to tighten the grip on Hong Kong and its future challenges in the global arena. I specifically highlighted the opposition camp's successful primaries held earlier this month, in which more than 600,000 people cast their votes.
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13 Jul
1. With my backpack and small luggage in hand, I boarded my night flight. I had no idea what future awaited me. Only one thing seemed certain. My destination: London.
2. Then, just before touching touch some 12 hours later, I saw buildings of varying heights beneath a cloudless sky. In this strange land, I began planning for the life ahead of me. There remains so many uncertainties.
3. Every individual decision we make has broader ramifications. We don't live only for ourselves. Thus far I've kept a low profile on my whereabouts in order to mitigate the risks. I never had the opportunity to deliberate much before my departure.
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2 Jul
1. THREAD: No Hong Konger is under the illusion that Beijing has any intention to respect our basic rights and honor its promises to us. Mass arrests have already begun on the first day of the National Security Law's implementation.
2. At the @HouseForeign hearing yesterday, I spoke about the regime's lawlessness in hopes that the world would not forget about what's going on in Hong Kong. Of course, I knew my speech and appearance would put my own safety in serious jeopardy given the circumstances.
3. The international front is what Hong Kongers must still defend — in parallel to street activism — even as the risk of doing so locally are now immeasurably high. Multiple articles of the new NSL target this kind of work I have undertaken for years.
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31 Aug 19
【please spread out】

To people all around the world,

We, Hongkongers just experienced a terrorist attack planned and executed by the Hong Kong Police Force. At about 10pm today (31 Aug 2019), HK police force rushed into our railway system in Prince Edward station,
got into the carriage and indifferently beat up all the people in it regardless they are protesters or simply passengers. They ignored the weapon guidelines and fired tear gas indoor in the carriage which is in fact lethal.
Also, they beat up innocent people causing them seriously wounded. Some passengers kneeled before them asking them to stop but the response they got was beaten ever harder. Meanwhile, the police haven’t arrested the passengers after they got beaten up,
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