【Joshua Wong speaking to the Italian Senate】

Full speech: patreon.com/posts/44167118

1/ No doubt there is a terrible price to pay in standing up to the Beijing and HK government. But after serving a few brief jail sentences and facing the continuing threat of harassment...
2/ I learnt to cherish the freedom I have for now, and I shall devote every bit what I have to strive for the freedom of those who have been ruthlessly denied. Courtroom, visiting prisoners and battle of university remind me of the fact that the fight has not ended yet.
3/ In the coming months, I will be facing a maximum of 5 years in jail for unauthorized assembly and up to one ridiculous year for wearing a mask in protest. But prison bars would never stop me from activism and thinking critically.
4/ I only wish that during my absence, you can continue to stand with the people of Hong Kong, by following closely to the development, no matter the ill-fated election, the large-scale arrest under National Security Law or the twelve activists in China.
5/ To defy the greatest human rights abusers is the essential way to restore democracy of our generation, and the generation following us.


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2. But from the content of the letters, they might have been tortured until they agreed to make forced confessions, saying they had appointed lawyers assigned by the authorities, saying they regretted taking part in activism.
3. I wish to pay tributes to our fellow activists who are about to face trials and prison, or to whom in distress for not being able to return home: We're not fearless, but you are the braver ones.
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1/ On June 17 last year, it was the day after 2m of freedom-seeking HKers took to the street and called for the withdrawal of the evil law. I was released for the third time in my life on that day. More than one year, I now once again face 3 cases. Image
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