Noted Hong Activist Leads “Anti-Authoritarian” March Despite Threat of Prison

Activists pushing for greater liberties are alive and well in Hong Kong, but facing still challenges from an increasingly heavy-handed government.  One such activist is Joshua Wong, who recently led an anti-authoritarian march down the streets of Hong Kong.


Joshua Wong leads ‘anti-authoritarian’ march in Hong Kong

Around 1,000 people marched through Hong Kong on Sunday, led by some of the city’s high-profile democracy campaigners including Joshua Wong, in what they billed an “anti-authoritarian” protest.

Activists say Hong Kong is at risk of losing its rights and liberties in the face of growing Chinese pressure on the semi-autonomous city.

The jailing of campaigners following court hearings, and fears that Hong Kong will introduce an anti-subversion law, are among the key concerns in the pro-democracy camp.

Wong, 21, was jailed in August over his role in the Umbrella Movement mass pro-democracy protests of 2014 and is on bail pending an appeal.

He will be sentenced on another protest-related charge Thursday, which could mean more jail time.

“No one likes to serve a prison sentence, (but) if it can mobilize more people to care about justice and democracy in Hong Kong, I think it’s valuable and I will pay this price,” Wong told AFP.

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