Agnes Chow Ting (Chinese: 周庭, born 3 December 1996) is a Hong Kong social activist. She is the member of the Standing Committee of Demosistō and former spokesperson of Scholarism. Initially a candidate supported by the Pro-democracy camp for the 2018 Hong Kong Island by-election, she was barred from running based on her party’s stance on advocating self-determination for Hong Kong.
Like many social activists in Hong Kong, Agnes is inspired by faith. She said her participation in social movements is affected by her Catholic religion. Agnes formerly held British nationality. She speaks English, Cantonese and Japanese, the latter learned by herself.
Agnes first came to spotlight in the anti-Moral and National Education movement as the spokesperson of student activist group Scholarism in 2012. At the time, she was studying at the Holy Family Canossian College and protested against the implementation of the Moral and National Education scheme which they deemed as “brainwashing”. The movement successfully drew thousands of protesters gathered in front of the Central Government Complex which led to the backdown of the government in September 2012.
Agnes and other activists of Scholarism including Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam continued their involvement in social and political movements afterwards, notably the 2014 Hong Kong electoral reform. She was one of the leaders in the class boycott campaign against the restrictive electoral framework set by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on the 2017 Chief Executive election, which led to the massive Occupy protests dubbed the “Umbrella Revolution”. During the occupation, Agnes announced her stepping out of the politics by resigning as spokesperson of Scholarism, citing the “heavy pressure” and “extreme confusion and fatigue” she was facing.
In April 2016, Agnes was among one of the founding members of Demosistō with other former student leaders in the Occupy protests and was the first deputy secretary-general of the party from 2016 to 2017.
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