Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Agnes Chow said on Tuesday morning that they have left the Demosisto group they co-founded, with the announcement coming just hours after Beijing passed its new national security legislation.
"I announce my resignation as secretary general of Demosisto, and will withdraw from Demosisto," Wong said in a post on Facebook.
“The will of Hong Kong will not be frozen by the national security law or any evil law.”
He said the protests last year have awakened many Hong Kong people, from cleaners to office workers, who stand shoulder to shoulder.
"I believe that there are still many eyes around the world on Hong Kong at the moment," he said.
"I will continue to stay in my home, Hong Kong, until they silence me," he wrote, adding "may glory return to Hong Kong, stay safe everyone".
Meanwhile Law said that under the new security legislation, Hong Kong people will be guilty of having the "wrong thoughts".
“Political figures will be more at risk and it is hard to predict their own safety," he said on Facebook.
Law said that great changes are coming but that “the struggle of Hong Kong people will not stop, and will continue with a more determined defiance”.
Chow also posted a short message on her social media account.
"As one of the founding members [of Demosisto], this was a very difficult decision, and I will no longer be involved with international outreach work".
Earlier this week, Wong said he believed he would be targeted by the authorities.
"I will probably be the prime target of the new law. But what makes me fear is not my potential imprisonment, but the gloomy fact that the new law will be a threat over the city’s future and not just my personal life,” Wong told the Reuters News Agency.
Wong recently announced his intention to stand in primaries organised by the pro-democracy camp for September's Legco elections. His post didn't mention whether he still hopes to run in the polls.
Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Agnes Chow quit Demosisto
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