Jason Y. Ng, PEN Hong Kong’s President, writes about his recent visit to Pik Uk Correctional Institution to see political activist Joshua Wong:
“I was most concerned about Joshua’s living conditions and bombarded him with questions. He told me the juvenile ward was surprisingly airy and that most nights he could barely feel the summer heat.
“I even need a thin blanket at night,” he said. “It’s much better than sleeping on concrete during Occupy.”
He worried somewhat about the physical training as he … doesn’t answer well to strict commands.
I asked him about any abuse, and he assured me there had been none whatsoever. He had just completed a seven-day “orientation”. He was expected to begin language and maths classes with other young inmates. He worried somewhat about the physical training – jogging and marching – as he isn’t the athletic type and doesn’t answer well to strict commands.
I asked him what the hardest part was about being behind bars.
“Passing the time,” he sighed. “Every day I rack my brain to keep myself occupied.” He had nearly finished the six books that visitors are allowed to bring him each month.
I wanted to know if he had a message for his supporters.
“Please tell everyone I’m doing fine and not to worry about me. Instead, ask them to help Demosisto in any way they can,” he said, referring to his pro-democracy political party.
“The majority of our core members are, or will soon be, in jail,” he added. “But we won’t give up.””