Joshua Wong, the secretary general of the pro-democracy party Demosistō, is on flight HX772, operated by Hong Kong Airlines, according to a statement from the party released this afternoon, confirming that he would be back to Hong Kong from Thailand at around 3:45pm.
Lawmaker-elect and Demosistō chairman Nathan Law will speak to the press at around 5pm. A press conference with Law and Wong will also be held at the Legislative Council at 8pm tonight.
The Hong Kong Immigration Department said the Thai government had confirmed with the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok that a Chinese citizen holding a Hong Kong SAR passport had been refused entry to Thailand.
It added that the Chinese Embassy had asked Thai authorities to ensure that the citizen’s rights and interests were protected.
Demosistō held a protest this afternoon in Admiralty against the Thai government’s detention of Wong. A police warning was issued, asking them not to cross the police cordon.
Twenty-eight lawmakers have signed a statement saying that they “strongly condemn the Thai government” for refusing entry to someone who has valid travel documents, had not violated any Thai laws, and was there only because of an invitation to speak at a university.
They also condemned the Thai government for forbidding Wong from contacting others while he was detained and for making no official announcement of the detention.
The lawmakers asked the Hong Kong government, including the Immigration Department and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, who is visiting Thailand, to try their best in negotiating with Thai authorities to guarantee Wong’s personal safety while being detained, to release him as soon as possible, and to publicly explain who was behind this act, so that Hongkongers going to Thailand will not be worried.
Prior to leaving Hong Kong, Yuen said that “every country has their own laws” and that every territory and country has “their own immigration policies and control.”
“For the SAR government, we hope to be able to do our best to protect Hongkongers’ personal safety and legal privileges abroad,” Yuen said.