Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and two others were taken into custody Monday after they pleaded guilty to charges related to a demonstration outside police headquarters during anti-government protests past year.
Chow had already pleaded guilty to charges of inciting others and taking part in the protest.
Hong Kong - Three young Hong Kong dissidents were remanded into custody on Monday after pleading guilty to inciting a rally during last year's pro-democracy protests, deepening the crackdown against Beijing's critics. According to the Hong Kong government's official estimate in November 2019, a total of 10.5 million Hong Kong dollars were spent to fix or replace public facilities damaged by radical protesters.
His long-time activist colleague Agnes Chow has already pleaded guilty to charges related to the same June 2019 protest, while Ivan Lam, another former Demosisto colleague was also expected to plead guilty.
He was still in jail when last year's much larger democracy protests kicked off, though he made appearances at numerous rallies after his release.
Wong rose to prominence as a student leader during the so-called 2014 Umbrella Movement pro-democracy protests and is among a growing number of activists being charged with relatively minor offenses since the mainland Chinese government imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong in June, which has severely restricted political speech in the semiautonomous territory.
The force's headquarters was besieged on multiple occasions with crowds hurling eggs and daubing its walls with graffiti.
Despite his intention to plead guilty, Wong has little confidence in the judicial process ahead.
He will now be facing a trial on Monday.
Wong was arrested a few weeks ago for "participating in an unauthorised assembly on Oct 5 last year".
The young activist spent five weeks in jail past year for contempt of court, before being released on June 16, when protests were already in full swing.
The protests, however, were deliberately leaderless, mostly organized via social media and encrypted chat forums.
Wong was not a leading figure in last year's anti-China protests, but his continued activism has drawn the wrath of Beijing, which sees it as a "black hand" of foreign forces.
But the three in court on Monday are among the most high-profile activists in Hong Kong, and as the prison vans thought to be transporting them back to the detention centres pulled out onto the road, their supporters gathered, waved and chanted.
Earlier this year, Wong was disqualified along with 11 other pro-democracy politicians and activists from running in a since-postponed election for the city's legislature. Riot police unleashed thousands of rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets and were frequently filmed using batons to beat arrested demonstrators.
The demonstrations were triggered by the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill by the Hong Kong government.
Authorities say they have returned much needed stability to the global trade hub, but the US and other countries have imposed new sanctions on Chinese officials over the law, which they argue effectively removes Hong Kong's semi-autonomy.
Small groups of hardline activists resorted to rocks, petrol bombs and even bows and arrows.