Agnes Chow, a prominent pro-democracy activist, recently left Hong Kong to study in Canada and has no plans to return. She recalled in an interview that staying in mainland China as a condition for studying overseas was scary for her, but she felt like she had no choice. She was also asked to write letters of repentance in mainland China in exchange for her passport, which had been confiscated after her arrest. Agnes was convicted for her involvement in the pro-democracy protest in 2019 and was one of the leaders of the 2014 Umbrella Movement. She has become popular in Japan due to her Japanese language skills and social media activism. She announced her studies in Toronto through Instagram and said that she may never return home. She felt that if she refused to go to mainland China, she wouldn’t be able to go to Canada and might be arrested. She also had concerns about not being able to return to Hong Kong if something happened in China.
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