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Democracy activist Joshua Wong says world must ‘stand with Hong Kong’

(Beijing is determined to end more than a year of democracy protests in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP)

HONG KONG:- The world must stand in solidarity with Hong Kongers after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the semi-autonomous city, activist Joshua Wong said Monday, vowing to continue campaigning for democracy.

Wong, one of the city’s most prominent young activists, was speaking outside a court where he and fellow campaigners were being prosecuted for involvement in civil unrest which rocked Hong Kong last year.

China enacted the security law for the restless city last week, banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

The law has sent a wave of fear through the city, and criminalised certain opinions such as calls for independence or autonomy.

At his court appearance on Tuesday, Wong, 23, remained unbowed.

“We still have to let the world know that now is the time to stand with Hong Kong,” he told reporters, adding that China could not “ignore and silence the voice of Hong Kong people”.

“With the belief of Hong Kong people to fight for freedom, we will never give up and surrender to Beijing.”

Wong — who began campaigning for democracy when he was just 12 — is often vilified by China’s state media as a “black hand” conspiring with foreign forces to undermine the nation.

Beijing has been incensed by Wong and others meeting Western politicians and supporting sanctions in response to China’s tightening control over the city.

The new security law specifically outlaws lobbying for sanctions.

Published Date: Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 09:22 AM

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