How would Joshua Wong rule Hong Kong?

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong has been briefly arrested. Wong is a symbol of the democracy movement in the Chinese Special Administrative Region.

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The 23-year-old activist's team announced via Twitter that Wong was accused of attending an unauthorized meeting last October. In addition, he is said to have violated a masking ban at the time.

About two hours later, Wong was again at large and made a brief statement on the street. As seen on a video released by AFP, Wong said he would "continue to resist". The activist wrote to the German press agency: "I'm safe now."

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Wong wanted to run in the Hong Kong general election, which was actually scheduled for September 6th. However, the vote was postponed for a whole year, this step was officially justified by the corona pandemic.

China passed a highly controversial Hong Kong security law at the end of June. It is directed against activities that the Communist Party sees as subversive, separatist, or terrorist. It is the most far-reaching interference in Hong Kong's autonomy to date and gives Beijing's state security extensive powers. Hong Kong's democratic opposition believe the law will target them. Several well-known supporters of the protest movement were arrested a few weeks ago and later released on bail. Other prominent supporters of the democracy movement have left Hong Kong as a precaution.

Last year there had been major protests in the Chinese Special Administrative Region against the increasing influence of Beijing. Since the return of the former British crown colony to China in 1997, Hong Kong had been governed autonomously with its own civil liberties. From the point of view of critics, the State Security Act means the end of the principle of "one country, two systems" that has been pursued since its return.