Berlin (AP) - The well-known Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong has demanded greater support for the democracy movement in the Chinese Special Administrative Region shortly after his arrival in Berlin.
"I hope that people around the world are supporting people in Hong Kong who are fighting for freedom and free elections," the 22-year-old told Monday's "Bild" newspaper. It was time for more people in Germany to concentrate on Hong Kong. "We have the impression that Hong Kong is like East Berlin during the Cold War. And just because the Germans fought for freedom, especially in Berlin, I ask the Germans for help in our fight. "
Wong had arrived in the evening at the Berlin Tegel Airport. At a party organized by the "Bild" newspaper in the roof garden restaurant of the Bundestag in Berlin, the 22-year-old spoke with, among others, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). Wong was first arrested at Hong Kong airport on Sunday morning before his scheduled departure. He was accused of violating his bail conditions. After 24 hours, Wong was released and flew to Germany on Monday. Wong had been arrested for several hours at the end of August and released on bail.
At the feast of the "Bild" newspaper, Wong said: "We protest until one day we have free elections. If we're in a new Cold War now, then Hong Kong is the new Berlin. "He apologized for coming so late. 36 hours ago he was detained in a police station. "I've been arrested eight times and spent a hundred days in jail. The price I pay is small, "the newspaper quoted him.
Maas had said after the release of Wongs on Monday that it was a good signal that the young democracy fighter was again at large. «The right to freedom of expression is a fundamental principle. It must not be restricted, "he tweeted.
By the end of August, Wong and his fellow Agnes Chow had been accused of incitement and participation by others in participating in an illegal gathering in the Chinese Special Administrative Region on June 21. Wong also has to be responsible for the organization of the demonstration.
Since June 9, there have been protests in the financial metropolis, often resulting in clashes between a small section of the protesters and the police. The protest movement fears increasing influence of the Chinese government on Hong Kong. The demonstrators also demand an independent investigation of police violence during the protests.
The former British Crown Colony has been autonomously governed since its return to China in 1997 on its own territory with its own Basic Law, based on the principle of "one country, two systems". The Hong Kong people are under China's sovereignty, but - unlike the people of the Communist People's Republic - enjoy more rights such as freedom of expression and assembly. Many are calling for free elections, as they had once been promised.
Tweet from Maas