FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 17, 2018
HONG KONG ACTIVIST JOSHUA WONG ONCE AGAIN IMPRISONED BY BEIJING
Nonviolent pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong has been sentenced to prison—again—for his role in the 2014 Umbrella Revolution
Josha Wong, a 21-year-old student activist, civil society leader, and democracy advocate in Hong Kong, has been given another jail term for his part in the Umbrella Movement protests in 2014. Wong is currently on bail pending appeal for a previous jail sentence of six months.
The Umbrella Movement protested Beijing’s encroachment on the freedoms and rights of the citizens of Hong Kong. During their months-long campaign of peaceful protest and civil disobedience, hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were assaulted by state security forces and mafia elements known as “Triads” allied with the pro-Beijing central government.
VOC Executive Director Marion Smith offered the following statement: “Joshua Wong is not a petty criminal, but a hero to the people of Hong Kong and lovers of freedom worldwide. We condemn the obviously political persecution of this courageous and passionate young activist for liberty.”
Smith added: “When Xi Jinping gave his July speech in Hong Kong in the shadow of a Chinese aircraft carrier, he made clear that the communist regime in Beijing no longer cared about the ‘one country, two systems’ principle. The latest sentence against Wong and his fellow activists only highlights Xi’s determination to yoke Hong Kong with the same oppressive regime under which all of China now suffers.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by a unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.
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