Hong Kong police said Tuesday they have put pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow, who jumped bail and fled to Canada, on their wanted list and warned that she will be "pursued for life" unless she surrenders.

A senior Hong Kong police officer condemned Chow's "shameful act," saying at a press conference, "No fugitive should think they can evade criminal responsibility" by leaving the territory.

Photo taken June 12, 2021 shows Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow released from prison. (Kyodo)  

Chow said in December she left the former British colony to study in Canada and has no plans to return, two years after her release from prison where she served time for inciting an unauthorized protest in 2019.

The activist was originally scheduled to report back to Hong Kong later that month but failed to do so.

Her fluent, self-taught Japanese language skills and activism via social media have helped her become popular in Japan, where some media have dubbed her the "Goddess of Democracy."

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