By Kelly Ho and Tom Grundy
Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Jeffrey Ngo and Agnes Chow have announced they will withdraw from pro-democracy group Demosisto hours after Beijing passed national security legislation for Hong Kong.
Both made the announcement on Facebook on Tuesday morning, around two hours after China’s top legislative body passed a law that is set to criminalise secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong.
Demosisto was founded in 2016 as a political platform and sought to field candidates for legislative elections. However, its candidates were repeatedly barred from standing for election with authorities citing their stance on “self-determination” for the city.
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