Demosisto's Joshua Wong was 'hopeless, scared and tired' while detained by Thai Authorities in Bangkok

Demosisto's Joshua Wong was 'hopeless, scared and tired' while detained by Thai Authorities in Bangkok

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Joshua Wong (middle) tells a press conference that he felt tired, scared, and hopeless when detained in Thailand.
Photo: Ben Pang/SCMP

Joshua Wong Chi-fung, one of Occupy Central's student leaders, and founder of political party Demosisto, along with newly elected legislator and Demosisto chairman Nathan Law Kun-chung held a press conference tonight to address Wong's detainment in Bangkok, Thailand.

Wong said he felt hopeless while he was being detained by Thai authorities at at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand earlier today. And that he had been held without being able to call a lawyer or let anyone know what was happening to him,

Wong had been due to speak to university students in Bangkok tomorrow on the 40th anniversary of Thai government crackdown, known as the October Massacre, in which 40 students had been killed.

Wong said he had not been concerned about the hygiene of the "dirty" detention room, But, what worried him more was his inability to contact the outside world.


It is confirmed that Thai immigration police complied with request from China to blacklist Joshua Wong


"I was scared I would follow in the footsteps of the missing booksellers. I was thinking if I was the next Gui Minhai," he said, referring to one of the Hong Kong booksellers who went missing in mysterious circumstances.

Wong, one of Occupy Central's student leaders, and founder of political party Demosisto, along with newly elected legislator and Demosisto chairman Nathan Law Kun-chung held a press conference outside the Legislative Council tonight to address the incident.

"I was hopeless, scared and tired," Wong said.

He added that he believed his detention violated basic human rights, and claimed the Chinese government had largely involved in this incident. "China used its power to suppress Hong Kong activists," he said.

"I was invited to deliver a speech about the Umbrella Movement at Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University in Thailand. It was the academic exchange at the universities. What was the legal basis for the Thai Government to detain me?"

"I asked Thai police what regulations and laws I violated, but they didn't give me any answers. They cut off my contact. I was not able to talk to my lawyer, parents and Demosisto's members," he said.



He added he had been intimidated. He had asked police what they would do with him, but they replied that if he acted violently, they would respond more violently.

But Wong vowed to continue to share his political views. He said he would try to hold a Skype conference tomorrow and share his opinions with the Thai university students.

Asked whether he would go to other countries which had an extradition agreement with China, he said he would hesitate, but that he had no plans to return to Thailand or Malaysia any time soon.

Demosisto chairman Nathan Law said Wong's detention hurt the dignity of Hongkongers. "It seriously violated freedom of speech, basic human rights and democracy."

Law said he would use his power as a newly lawmaker to raise the issue in the legislative council. He wanted to know what role the immigration department and security department had played and whether they had hesitated to become involved because of the mainland government. "We are deeply sad and frustrated that the Hong Kong government failed to protect the safety of Hongkongers in other countries," he said.


Background information:

In the early hours of Wednesday, October 5, Demosisto released a statement on their Facebook page that said Joshua Wong Chi-fung had been detained by Thai authorities at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Wong was invited by Thai student activist Netiwit Chotipatpaisal to speak at an event hosted by Chulalongkorn University on Thursday. An event that marks the 40th anniversary of a deadly government crackdown.

Chotipatpaisal notified Demosisto that Wong was detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport upon arrival. Also, that Thai authorities had received a letter from the Chinese government ahead of Wong's arrival, letting them know of the Hong Kong activist's visit.

Chotipatpaisal, who was scheduled to meet Wong at the airport told the South China Morning Post that he had “waited for three hours, from 11pm to 2am. [Wong] didn’t come out from the airport.”

Wong was later put on a plane back to Hong Kong after being detained for then hours in Bangkok, and landed at Hong Kong International Airport at 3.33pm.

A deputy commander at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport immigration office confirmed that immigration police had blacklisted Wong as requested by China, Thai newspaper The Nation reported.

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