Hong Kong political activist Joshua Wong was deported from Thailand on Wednesday after being detained in Bangkok for several hours when Thai officials refused to grant him entry.
The 19-year-old, who made international headlines in 2014 for his leadership during Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, arrived at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport just before midnight on Tuesday but was held in airport custody until Wednesday afternoon, Wong's political party Demosisto revealed in a statement.
Thai student-activist Netiwit Chotipatpaisal, who was expected to meet Wong, notified Demosisto of the detention around 4am on Wednesday.
Thai authorities had previously received a letter from the Chinese government regarding Wong's visit, according to Chotipatpaisal, whose request to see Wong was declined.
Wong later boarded a Hong Kong Airlines flight and arrived back in the city around 3:45 pm local time, Demosisto said. The center-left party has condemned the Thai government for unreasonably limiting Wong's freedom and right to entry.