Agnes Chow absconds after forfeiting bail, Chinese Foreign Ministry affirms support for SAR government and judicial institutions in carrying out their duties

Wang Wenbin (left) and Agnes Chow (right).

6th December 2023 – (Beijing) Agnes Chow, a former member of the now-dissolved pro-democracy organisation Hong Kong Demosisto, who went to Toronto, Canada, in September to pursue her studies, recently announced her decision to abscond from bail. The Hong Kong government has emphasised its determination to pursue her vigorously, stating that unless the fugitive surrenders, she will be subject to lifelong pursuit. In Beijing, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang Wenbin, responded to foreign media inquiries during a routine press conference, stating that the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region had already responded to the matter and expressed support for the Hong Kong government and judiciary in carrying out their duties in accordance with the law.

In a previous announcement on social media, Chow declared that she would not return to Hong Kong as scheduled at the end of December to report under the National Security Law, even going so far as to say that she “probably will not return to Hong Kong in this lifetime.” In response to the incident, the Hong Kong government issued a statement yesterday (5th), directly accusing certain individuals of betraying trust, fabricating excuses, and creating a false narrative. The government had previously attempted to handle the case with leniency, but it was met with deception. The authorities have pledged to spare no effort in apprehending any individual involved in crimes that endanger national security. They emphasized that any fugitive has only one option: to surrender, or else they will be pursued for life.