- Hong Kong, clashes and insult to the flag of China
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- The Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong is released: he is headed to Germany and then to the United States
Share28 September 2019In the fifth anniversary of the Umbrella revolution, Hong Kong is preparing for a new round of protests against China's interference. For the occasion, the Lennon Wall was rebuilt - a symbol of artistic expressions born to support the 2014 movement. Like every weekend, even yesterday evening thousands of people demonstrated in the central districts.
Joshua Wong, Hong Kong's best-known pro-democracy activist, has announced his candidacy for the upcoming district elections in the former British colony, scheduled for November, and has encouraged pro-democratic protests that have been underway for over three months in the former British colony. Wong's announcement came precisely on the anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Central protests, which between September and December 2014 blocked central Hong Kong for 79 days, demanding free elections.
"Five years ago we said we would return and we came back with an even stronger determination," he said today during a press conference in which he announced his willingness to reapply.
Joshua Wong, who in 17 years old became the face of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests in 2014, is now the general secretary of the democratic-inspired party Demosisto, of which he was co-founder in 2016. "The battle in front of we are the battle for our home and for our homeland, "he added. Several times arrested and released, Wong was recently traveling to Taiwan, Germany and the United States to promote democracy in the former British colony, where anti-government protests have been taking place for over three months, marked by clashes between pro-democracy protesters and law enforcement agencies, and between pro-Beijing protesters and groups.
What opens today is the seventeenth weekend of protests, and promises to be high voltage. From today until October 1, when the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China will take place, activists have drafted a very dense calendar of events, both to commemorate the beginning of the 2014 democratic protests, and to contrast the celebrations in Beijing will see the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, deliver a speech and review the soldiers on Tiananmen Square, in what has been defined by Chinese military officials as a "bigger than the previous" parade.