At 9:30 am, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law by a full 162 votes, which will be implemented immediately, but the detail provisions have yet to be announced. Founding Secretary General Joshua Wong, Chairman Nathan Law, Deputy Secretary General Anges Chow, and Standing Committee Member Jeffery Ngo each announced their withdrawal from Demosisto on social media at about 11 am. All said they would continue to fight individually.
As the National Security Law is passed and take effect, collusion with foreign forces will be a criminal offense. Joshua Wong and Nathan Law have visited the United States many times recently to lobby the US political circles to pass the Hong Kong Democracy and Human Rights Act. Jeffery Ngo also participated while studying in Washington, DC. Agnes Chow has repeatedly interviewed by Japanese media on the situation in Hong Kong.
Joshua Wong pointed out that since the founding of Demosisto, the team has been in the epicentre of the political storm, but with the pressure of the national security law, “Worrying about one’s life and safety during democratic resistence in Hong Kong is no longer a joke.” He is facing the possibilities of political prisonment, and even sent directly to China for trial. “I will continue to safeguard my home – Hong Kong, until they silence me and wipe me out from this land.”
The United States announced the withdrawal of Hong Kong’s special status, the suspension of preferential treatments for Hong Kong, including export licensing exemptions, and is evaluating the further elimination of differential treatment. US Secretary of State Pompeo said that it is no longer possible to clearly distinguish between exporting controlled goods to China or Hong Kong and stopping exporting equipment that can be used for both military and civilian purposes to Hong Kong.