Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested ahead of weekend protests

Elias Hubbard
August 30, 2019

Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested in Hong Kong, according to a statement by the political party he co-founded.

Hong Kong police have confirmed the arrest of activist Joshua Wong and another member of the pro-democracy group Demosisto.

Earlier, two of the Umbrella Movement's leaders, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow - both well-known among the city's youth - were arrested in dawn swoops both accused of "inciting others to take part in unauthorised assembly" among other charges.

Wong and Chow were arrested Friday on suspicion of participating in an unauthorized June protest and inciting others to join it.

Wong was walking to the South Horizons MTR station when "he was forcefully pushed into a private minivan on the street", his political party Demosisto, which advocates for greater democracy, tweeted.

Another Demosisto activist, Agnes Chow, a student, was arrested at her home, according to the organization.

"He was suddenly pushed into a private auto on the street", Wong's political party Demosisto, which advocates for greater autonomy in Hong Kong said on its official Twitter account.

Those arrests followed Thursday night's detention of pro-independence campaigner Andy Chan at Hong Kong International Airport, where he was prevented from boarding a plane.

The sweep comes after a major rally planned for Saturday was banned by police on security grounds, and then called off by the organisers.

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested ahead of weekend protests
Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested ahead of weekend protests

Pro-democracy protests that have racked Hong Kong this summer were set off by extradition legislation that would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial.

Speaking on a radio programme on Friday, the Front's convenor Jimmy Sham said if they lost their appeal, the march would be postponed.

"The front can only apply for another date for a march".

The Yuen Long march that Mr Chung organised was in response to attacks on July 21 in which several dozen protesters and passers-by were injured in attacks by white-shirted mobs.

Now protesters are asking for an inquiry into police violence and are calling for democracy. "That's our first priority", said Bonnie Leung, a leader of the group. They could trigger many to take to the streets on Saturday despite the cancelation of the protest. We still keep on our fight. Since then, however, they've morphed to reflect wider demands for democratic reform, including calls for universal suffrage, more direct elections and the removal of Hong Kong's embattled leader, Carrie Lam.

In August 2018, journalist Victor Mallet of Hong Kong's Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) was denied a work visa after the FCC hosted a talk with Mr Chan. No matter how the Chinese Communist Party attempts to smear this, nothing can change that fact.

Recent protests in Hong Kong's global airport resulted in chaos, violence and flight cancellations.

The 28-year-old's refusal to sign a confirmation letter saying Hong Kong was an undeniable part of China resulted in him not being allowed to stand in the 2016 Legislative Council elections, when he meant to contest a New Territories West seat.

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