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image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionAgnes Chow is remanded in custody with Joshua Wong after pleading guilty to unauthorised assembly

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow has been hailed as a hero by her supporters. But she is in custody awaiting sentencing on Wednesday on charges of unauthorised assembly and faces being jailed. Earlier she spoke to Lam Cho Wai from BBC Chinese about the pressure she feels under.

"I thought I wasn't stressed – but my body is telling me otherwise," Ms Chow says.

"Many people say they want to lose weight – but I don't. I try to live and eat normally – yet I cannot gain any weight."

She was among a handful of activists and media figures arrested in August under the controversial new security law imposed by Beijing.

The law criminalises any act of secession, subversion, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces. Beijing says it is needed to restore and maintain social stability after months of violent street protests. But critics say it is open to abuse and effectively silences dissent.