Wu Chi-wai received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1991. After he returned to Hong Kong, he started his political career as an assistant for Legislative Councillor Conrad Lam.
He was elected as a member of the Urban Council in 1995 before it was demolished in 1999. He won a seat in the Wong Tai Sin District Council in 1999 and had served the King Fu Constituency until 2019.
Wu was elected as a member of the Legislative Council (LegCo) in 2012 and 2016. He also became the chairman of the Democratic Party with 92 percent of the vote in 2016 when Emily Lau retired from both LegCo and the party leadership.
In November 2020, 15 democratic lawmakers including Wu resigned en masse in protest against the dismissal of four of their colleagues from LegCo.
Wu was arrested twice in 2020 for taking part in the melee that broke out in LegCo in May 2020 for allegedly inciting and taking part in an unauthorized assembly (the annual 7.1. march) in December 2020.
In January 2021, he was arrested under the National Security Law for participating in an unofficial election primary which was held in July 2020. While Wu was remanded in custody, his 92-year-old father passed away, but Correctional Services Department rejected Wu’s application to attend his father’s funeral and offered to allow him to watch the funeral online instead. Subsequently, a High Court judge granted Wu short-term bail so that he could attend his father’s funeral. He stayed for only 40 minutes before he was escorted back to the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.
Currently charged under conspiracy to commit subversion, and knowingly taking part in an unauthorized assembly, June 4th Candlelight Vigil (4 June 2020).
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