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Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong Quits Democracy Group Demosisto After Beijing Passes National Security Law

A file picture of pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong. (Reuters)

Wong has mentioned he can be a “prime target” of Beijing’s nationwide safety legislation, which critics concern will crush freedoms within the former British colony.

  • Reuters Hong Kong
  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 9:53 AM IST

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong mentioned on Tuesday he’s stepping down as chief of his democracy group Demosisto, simply hours after media reported that Beijing had handed nationwide safety laws for the Chinese-ruled metropolis.

Wong has mentioned he can be a “prime target” of Beijing’s nationwide safety legislation, which critics concern will crush freedoms within the former British colony.

Chinese and Hong Kong authorities have mentioned the legislation is critical to deal with separatism, subversion, terrorism and collusion with international forces following anti-government protests that escalated in June final 12 months.

Wong has rallied help for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy motion abroad, particularly within the United States, drawing the wrath of Beijing, which says he’s a “black hand” of international forces.

“If my voice will not be heard soon, I hope that the international community will continue to speak up for Hong Kong and step up concrete efforts to defend our last bit of freedom,” Wong mentioned on his Twitter feed.

Demosisto members Nathan Law and Agnes Chow additionally mentioned they had been stepping down from the group.

“The struggle of Hong Kong people will not stop, it will only continue with a more determined attitude,” Law mentioned in a Facebook submit.

Independence advocacy group the Hong Kong National Front mentioned on its Facebook web page it had shut its Hong Kong workplace and that its items in Taiwan and Britain would proceed to advertise independence for the Chinese-ruled metropolis.

China considers Hong Kong to be an “inalienable” a part of the nation so any suggestion of independence are anathema to its Communist Party leaders. Independence activists concern they are going to be focused by Beijing beneath the brand new safety laws.

Hong Kong pro-independence activist Wayne Chan mentioned in a Facebook submit on Sunday he had skipped bail and fled the town amid fears he can be detained.

The South China Morning Post newspaper, quoting an unidentified supply, mentioned China’s official information company Xinhua would publish particulars of the legislation afterward Tuesday and Hong Kong officers would collect on the workplace of Beijing’s prime consultant within the metropolis later for a gathering on the laws.

The draft legislation has alarmed international governments and Hong Kong democracy activists, who’re involved that Beijing is eroding the excessive diploma of autonomy granted to the previous British colony when it was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

China says the nationwide safety legislation will goal solely a small group of troublemakers and individuals who abide by the laws don’t have any motive to fret.


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