Filmed and edited by Tom Griggs. Additional footage by Getty and Reuters
Hong Kong political activist Joshua Wong is glad to be tasting freedom again after his release from prison on bail last week.
Inside prison, I can only drink water. That's all. But once I left prison, inside 7-Eleven, there are maybe 50 or nearly 100 kinds of drink for me to choose. And I tasted freedom.
But his supporters say he and friends Nathan Law will be back behind bars sooner rather than later. Next week, they will find out if they have won leave to appeal their jail sentences for a protest that kicked off the Occupy Movement of 2014.
Wong and a host of other democracy campaigners face further possible custodial sentences in another case related to Occupy. He says his six-month jail sentence for illegal assembly shows that the rules of the game have changed for those in Hong Kong who oppose Xi Jinping and the Communist party.
Hong Kong now just entered the era that fights for democracy, asks for free election-- would be put in prison. That's the price that we need to pay in this moment.
Looking drained, Wong admits that the democracy movement faces a testing time as it struggles to come up with a strategy to combat tougher repression from the authorities. As he divides his time out of prison between the political struggle and the catching up with friends and family, he's trying to put a brave face on a weak outlook.
If political prisoners just like me, after we come out from prison, we can say that we're not afraid at all and the time in prison just enhanced our motivation to fight in this long-term battle, it already proves that China government under the rule of President Xi-- they used the wrong tactics to suppress on us because our reaction with our courage and determination-- it will just let us to prepare for the long-term fight.