Agnes Chow, a pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong, claims she is refusing to post bail and is not going to return from her studies in Canada.
Due to her participation in the 2019 anti-government protests, Ms. AgnesChow was imprisoned in 2020 and freed in 2021.
The charge of “collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security” is still pending against her.
Hong Kong police “strongly condemns” the 27-year-old’s acts, according to local media.”
Additionally, Hong Kong broadcaster TVB said in a report on Monday that it pleaded with her not to “take the road of no return by remaining a fugitive for the rest of her life”.
Ms. Chow disclosed that she had been accepted into a Toronto-area institution earlier this year in two Instagram postings that were released on Sunday in honour of her 27th birthday. In mid-September, she set out for Toronto.
She had no choice but to go on a police-escorted journey to mainland China in August with five police officers in order to obtain her passport back.
“I felt as though I was under surveillance the whole time,” she stated.
She claimed to have seen an exhibit showcasing China’s accomplishments since the nation’s reform and opening up in the late 1970s as well as the Tencent headquarters, where she was requested to take pictures.
“If I stay silent, those pictures might one day become evidence of my “patriotism” – that fear is so tangible,” she wrote.
According to Ms. Chow, she was also instructed to write letters thanking the police for arranging the trip and expressing regret for all of her previous political acts so that she could hear about “the motherland’s marvellous developments” when she got back to Hong Kong.
Since she is still being investigated in relation to pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai’s trial on charges of “collusion with foreign forces” to jeopardise China’s national security, Ms. Chow was due to report to the police again later this month. She is not yet facing any charges.
She claimed that she gave careful thought to “Hong Kong’s situation, my personal safety, and my physical and mental health” before making her choice.
“Maybe I won’t return to Hong Kong for the rest of my life,” said Ms Chow.
Known as “the real Mulan” after the fabled Chinese heroine who battled to save her family and nation, Ms. Chow was one of the leading figures in the city’s pro-democracy movement.
She was listed on the BBC 100 Women list in 2020. The list, which tells the story of 100 powerful and inspirational women worldwide, is released annually.
Since anti-government protests began in 2019, authorities in Hong Kong have repressed pro-democracy activists in the city, leading to the contentious national security law’s implementation in 2020.