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Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong and two fellow campaigners are facing the prospect of prison after pleading guilty to unlawful assembly during last year’s mass protests. Mr Wong, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow appeared in court on Monday. Mr Wong said he expected to go to jail, possibly facing five years behind bars. However, as the alleged offences took place before China enacted a harsh national security law in June, they avoided a potential life sentence. The prominent activist revealed he decided to change his plea after talking to his lawyer. “We three have decided to plead guilty to all charges,” Mr Wong told reporters gathered at the court on Monday. “It will not be surprising if I am sent to immediate detention today.” “We will continue to fight for freedom – and now is not the time for us to kowtow to Beijing and surrender,” he added. The three were remanded in custody until 2 December, when they will be sentenced.BBC News YouTube Channel
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