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Hong Kong Activist Agnes Chow Skips Bail, Declines Return, Citing Safety Concerns


Hong Kong Activist Agnes Chow Skips Bail, Declines Return, Citing Safety Concerns

Prominent Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow, a key figure in the 2019 antigovernment protests, has declared that she will not return to the city due to safety concerns. Currently studying in Canada, Chow, 27, revealed in a social media post on Sunday night that she would not comply with bail conditions requiring her return. Facing charges under Beijing’s national security law, Chow had been released on bail in 2021, but she stated in her post that she will no longer adhere to the requirement, citing emotional challenges. Hong Kong police condemned her for “challenging the rule of law,” urging her to reconsider. Chow co-founded the now-defunct pro-democracy party Demosisto and is the latest political figure to flee Hong Kong amid Beijing’s intensified crackdown on dissidents.


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