He condemned the ruling, saying the charges are aimed at silencing those who criticise China’s government.
Judge Andrew Chan ruled that evidence had been presented to support a conviction for criminal contempt connected to his actions in skipping bail in December 2020. He did not return to Hong Kong after visiting the UK via Denmark for the purported reason of attending an environmental conference.
“I was in a street protest and some young protesters were harassed. I was trying to mediate between the two, asking people people to calm down. But it was interpreted by the regime as stirring anger and threatening people and destroying evidence. So they make up stories. That’s what they do to dissidents.”
“I think it shows that the situation has been intensified by the regime – that there will be more oppression against overseas Hong Kongers who speak against the Hong Kong regime.”