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Democracy activist Nathan Law pens new essay series with plans to publish book

Pro-democracy activist and former lawmaker Nathan Law is penning a new series of essays and semi-biographical accounts that he hopes to assemble into a book.

Law announced on his Facebook account on Tuesday that he wishes to “document those turbulent yet hopeful times.”

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Nathan Law. Photo: In-Media.

“From student leader, chairman of a political party, then Legislative Councillor, to later being disqualified and becoming a prisoner in jail – I have lived a life that is full of twists and turns, and yet is exciting over the past couple of years,” Law said.

Law also said that being isolated from the outside world in jail has lead him to engage in self-reflection and look back on his experiences over the past few years. He wished to write down his story, and the story of Hong Kong, he added.

Law was elected last September as Hong Kong’s youngest-ever lawmaker, but was disqualified over his oath-taking in July. A month later, he was sentenced to eight months in jail for his participation in the Civic Square clashes that sparked the 2014 Occupy protests, along with activists Alex Chow and Joshua Wong. He was released on bail while awaiting appeal.

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Police surrounded student protesters at Civic Square on September 27, 2014. File Photo: Occupy Central with Love and Peace.

Law said he will be uploading one or two pieces – each around 1000 words – every week to SOSreader, where he has launched a subscription system. The series of articles – named “Walking on a tightrope in tumultuous times” – are drafts he prepared whilst in jail. He is planning to collect the essays in the form of a book.

The articles on the platform are available to all, but Law said he welcomes subscriptions, which will go towards translating the articles into English. Subscribers will also receive a discount on the book if he is successful in publishing it.

Democracy activist Nathan Law pens new essay series with plans to publish book