A Hong Kong protester dubbed "Grandma Wong" has spoken out against her treatment by Chinese authorities, accusing them of stopping her from returning home for over a year.
64-year-old Alexandra Wong said on Saturday (October 17) she suffered mental abuse after being kept in custody for over a month across the border in in Shenzhen.
"Grandma Wong" had been a familiar face at anti-government protests in Hong Kong, often waving a large British flag, but she disappeared from the streets around August last year.
Activists and human rights groups had expressed concern over her whereabouts.
''I (was) afraid I will be stopped to come back to Hong Kong, every second I (was) frightened. I was scared every day and I (was) scared to hear the phone call.''
Speaking publicly for the first time since her release, Wong said she had been placed in a detention centre by Chinese police when she tried to return to her home and also faced regular visits by the national security officers.
She's called for the release of the 12 activists who were intercepted at sea in late August, saying she is worried that their treatment could be worse than hers.