Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong charged over protests

The China Post
Date: August 27, 2015
By: AFP

HONG KONG – Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong slammed police Thursday for what he

Student protester Joshua Wong arrives at the Wanchai police station in Hong Kong on Aug. 27. (AFP)
Student protester Joshua Wong arrives at the Wanchai police station in Hong Kong on Aug. 27. (AFP)

called a “political prosecution” after he was charged over protests which led to last year’s mass pro-democracy street rallies.

Wong, 18, who became the face of the democracy movement, is already due in court Friday for separate charges of obstructing police at an earlier demonstration.

The teenager and other activists have accused the authorities of a witch hunt against those at the forefront of the Umbrella Movement that brought parts of the city to a standstill for more than two months.

Protesters called for fully free elections of the city’s next leader, in the face of a contentious Beijing-backed political reform package in which candidates would have been vetted by a loyalist committee.     [FULL  STORY]

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