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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong meets German minister, Beijing gets angry

2019-09-10T10:59:34.313Z

In search of international support, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong met Monday evening with the German Foreign Minister in the German capital, comparing the former British colony to "East Berlin during the ...



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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong met with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on September 9, 2019. REUTERS / Hannibal Hanschke

In search of international support, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong met Monday evening with the German Foreign Minister in the German capital, comparing the former British colony to " East Berlin during the Cold War ". China on Tuesday expressed its " strong opposition " after the meeting denouncing " disrespect " to its sovereignty.

" In Berlin, I spoke to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas about the current protests and our struggle for free elections and democracy in Hong Kong, " said Joshua Wong commenting on a photo of him alongside German minister on Twitter.

The 22-year-old activist added that " further discussions with members of the German Bundestag " would follow in the coming days. However, he will not meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday.

In Berlin I spoke to Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas on protests situation and cause to free election and democracy in HK. Anticipating further discussion with members of the German Bundestag in coming days. pic.twitter.com/y8VCUZrE6s

Joshua Wong 黃 之 鋒 (@joshuawongcf) September 10, 2019

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" If we are now in a new Cold War, Hong Kong is the new Berlin, " Wong said in a Facebook post, referring to the post-war split between Communist East Berlin and the West. democratic.

He also appealed to the Germans (who) fought for freedom, especially in Berlin.

On Tuesday, China expressed " strong opposition " after the meeting in Berlin between Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, denouncing " disrespect " to his sovereignty. " Some German media and politicians are trying to increase their attractiveness and draw attention to themselves by using anti-China separatists. Making political shows is (a method) extremely wrong, "said Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Face of the " Umbrella Movement " in 2014 in Hong Kong, Joshua Wong was arrested late August along with several other figures of the Hong Kong protest. Charged with " incitement to take part in a forbidden gathering ", he was quickly released on bail.

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( With AFP )

Source: rfi

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