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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong says phone hacked by police

Dec 19, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'It's utterly alarming,' says Joshua Wong, who claims police even presented text messages from his seized iPhone as evidence

JOSHUA WONG. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong looks on during a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2019. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP)


China 'supports' barring of Joshua Wong from Hong Kong election

Oct 30, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Joshua Wong accuses the Hong Kong government of 'political screening' after an election officer rules his nomination for November's local elections invalid

JOSHUA WONG. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong looks on during a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2019.  File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong says he's barred from election

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Wong says he was disqualified from running in November's poll after an election officer ruled his nomination invalid

Pro democracy activist and South Horizons Community Organiser Joshua Wong announces his run for 2019 District Council elections in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019 Philip FONG / AFP

Hong Kong a 'police state,' prominent protesters tell AFP

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:24 AM

Well-known protest leaders accuse the Hong Kong government of using its police force as a tool to 'abuse the public power and to torture the people'

RIOT. A group of riot police stand guard on a main road during a protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on September 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China rebukes Washington after HK activists make Congress plea

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:43 PM

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang calls for the US to 'stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs in any form'

CONGRESS PLEA. Secretary-General of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the 'Umbrella Movement' Joshua Wong (L), and pro-democracy activist and Cantopop singer Denise Ho (R) wait for the beginning of a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China September 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong activists take cause to U.S. Congress, urge pressure on Beijing

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:50 AM

Cantopop star Denise Ho and activist Joshua Wong testify before a congressional commission in Washington in support of US legislation aimed at defending Hong Kongers' civil rights

FOR HONG KONG. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong looks on during a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Hong Kong's Joshua Wong denies he's a separatist

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:22 AM

'Some brand me as a separatist. But just let me make it clear: Hong Kong is asking for election system reform. We just hope to elect our own government. We just hope to elect the chief executive of Hong Kong,' Wong says

NOT SEPERATISTS. Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong (right) and Glacier Kwong during a press conference at the Bundespressekonferenz, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. Photo by Michele Tantussi/AFP

China fury as Hong Kong's Joshua Wong meets German foreign minister

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:37 PM

'Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs. No foreign government, organization or individual has the right to intervene,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

MEETING. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong (L) talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas as they attend the 'Bild100' event organized by Germany's tabloid Bild on September 9, 2019 in Berlin. Photo by Michael Kappeler/dpa/AFP

Hong Kong's Joshua Wong on way to Germany, U.S. after brief detention

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Joshua Wong is released by a court after it emerged the detention was a procedural error

JOSHUA WONG. Bailed Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Court of Final Appeal as he waits for fellow activists before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong confirms arrest for 'bail breach'

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Joshua Wong says he was arrested upong arriving from Taiwan where he met with local politicians and gave speeches about the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Bailed Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Court of Final Appeal as he waits for fellow activists before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. Hong Kong's leading democracy activists were in court on January 16 to appeal against their jail terms in a case seen as a litmus test for the independence of the city's judiciary, which some fear is under pressure from Beijing. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Hong Kong police round up activists as mass rally called off

Aug 30, 2019 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) Umbrella Movement leaders Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow – both still well-regarded among the city's youth – are arrested in dawn swoops, accused of 'inciting others to take part in unauthorized assembly' among other charges

Members of pro-democracy party Demosisto (L-R) Nathan Law, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow speak to the media after Chief Executive Carrie Lam held a press conference in Hong Kong on June 18, 2019. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologised on June 18 for the political unrest that has shaken Hong Kong, but the pro-Beijing chief executive refused to cave in to demands for her resignation.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Leading Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested

Aug 30, 2019 - 9:32 AM

(UPDATED) Demosistō says its secretary-general was shoved into a private vehicle in broad daylight

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to the media in front of the high court in Hong Kong on May 16, 2019, before judgement is handed down on his appeal of a three-month jail term received for contempt of court during the clearance of Mong Kok at the 2014 occupy protests. Prominent Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was sent back to prison on May 16 after he lost an attempt to appeal a jail sentence over his leadership of huge democracy protests five years ago. Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP

US to China: Stop 'dangerous' media reports on diplomat in HK

Aug 10, 2019 - 1:37 PM

'Official Chinese media reports on our diplomat in Hong Kong have gone from irresponsible to dangerous. This must stop,' says State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus

Protesters gather outside Kwai Chung police station in support of protesters detained with the charge of rioting during recent clashes in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019.  ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong leaves jail, vows to join protests

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Joshua Wong, the poster child of the huge pro-democracy 'Umbrella Movement' protests of 2014, becomes the latest voice to call for Carrie Lam's resignation

JOSHUA WONG. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong (C) leaves Lai Chi Kok Correctional Institute in Hong Kong on June 17, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong sent back to jail

May 17, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Wong, who was 17 when the Umbrella Movement protests began, is ordered to return to jail to serve a reduced sentence of two months

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to the media in front of the high court in Hong Kong on May 16, 2019, before judgement is handed down on his appeal of a three-month jail term received for contempt of court during the clearance of Mong Kok at the 2014 occupy protests. Prominent Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was sent back to prison on May 16 after he lost an attempt to appeal a jail sentence over his leadership of huge democracy protests five years ago. Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong democracy activists walk free in appeal victory

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Chief justice Geoffrey Ma says the terms given to the trio were 'significantly more severe' than the range previously handed down for unlawful assembly offenses

DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. In this file photo taken on January 16, 2018 bailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Alex Chow face the media outside the Court of Final Appeal before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

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Jan 17, 2018 - 12:04 PM

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Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong jailed for 2014 protest

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:39 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Joshua Wong is already on bail pending an appeal over a 6-month sentence for another protest-related offense

GOING TO JAIL. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong democracy activists appeal jail terms

Jan 16, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Hong Kong's leading democracy activists appeal against their jail terms in a case seen as a litmus test for the independence of the city's judiciary

APPEALING. Bailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Alex Chow chant slogans as they meet the media outside the Court of Final Appeal before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Joshua Wong leads 'anti-authoritarian' march in Hong Kong

Dec 03, 2017 - 5:34 PM

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.

Jailed Hong Kong activists released on bail

Oct 24, 2017 - 12:01 PM

The jail sentences handed down by the city's Court of Appeal in August came amid mounting fears that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city

In this file photo, Nathan Law (R) and Joshua Wong (L), leaders of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement', talk as they arrive to address the media before their sentencing outside the High Court in Hong Kong on August 17, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong found guilty of contempt of court

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:20 PM

According to a defense lawyer, there is no maximum penalty for contempt of court but other activists previously sentenced on contempt charges have received punishments of up to 3 months

JOSHUA WONG. Roger Wong, father of jailed pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, holds an original copy of a book which he gave to his son, 'People Will Not Forget,' as he stands in Joshua's room during an interview with AFP at their family home in Hong Kong on October 12, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:56 PM

Jailed pro democracy activist Joshua Wong is in court again on more protest related charges

Nathan Law (R) and Joshua Wong (L), leaders of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement', talk as they arrive to address the media before their sentencing outside the High Court in Hong Kong on August 17, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed

Aug 20, 2017 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED The Hong Kong government says the previous custodial terms given to the 3 young activists were too light and did not serve as a deterrent

Hong Kong activists fear more jailings after Wong imprisoned

Aug 18, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Nine more democracy campaigners – including the 3 Occupy Central founders who first called for residents to protest on the streets in 2014 – are due to appear in court in September over their part in the Umbrella Movement

JOSHUA WONG IN JAIL. Grace Wong (R) leaves the reception area after signing in at Pik Uk Correctional Facility in Hong Kong on August 18, 2017, where her son Joshua Wong (not pictured), a leader of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement', is being held after his sentencing at the High Court on August 17. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/ AFP

Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement leaders jailed

Aug 17, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The sentences handed down by the city s Court of Appeal come as fears grow that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi autonomous city and that rule of law is being compromised

PRISON VAN. Police and supporters surround a prison van transporting Joshua Wong, a leader of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement', after his sentencing at the High Court in Hong Kong on August 17, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/ AFP

Hong Kong activists stage China protest ahead of Xi visit

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:18 AM

High profile student campaigner Joshua Wong and a dozen demonstrators attach the black cloth to the giant golden bauhinia flower on Hong Kong s harborfront in an early morning protest

BLACK COVER. Demosisto party members and democracy campaigner Joshua Wong (not seen) take part in a protest to cover the Golden Bauhinia statue with a black cloth in Hong Kong on June 26, 2017, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China on July 1.Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong activist deported from Thailand 'at China's request'

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:32 AM

UPDATED Wong was stopped from entering junta run Thailand where he was due at events commemorating a massacre of student activists an official says

In this file photo, pro-democracy political activist and member of the Demosisto party Joshua Wong looks on after leaving the Eastern Court in Hong Kong on July 21, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong protest leaders escape jail time for rally

Aug 15, 2016 - 5:46 AM

UPDATED The court says it will not base sentencing on the heated political atmosphere in the city

In this file photo, Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong speaks to the media as fellow activists Albert Chan (top L) Raphael Wong (red shirt) and Nathan Law (2nd R) look on outside the Eastern Law Court after being acquitted over an anti-China protest in the first of a raft of cases against him to reach a verdict, in Hong Kong on June 7, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong student leader Wong convicted for protests

Jul 21, 2016 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Joshua Wong is convicted for taking part in an unlawful assembly after he and other students climbed into Hong Kong s Civic Square on September 26 2014

In this file photo, student activist Joshua Wong of the group Scholarism, talks to members of the media before reporting to the Wanchai Police Station in Hong Kong, China, January 16, 2015. File photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong student leader Wong acquitted over anti-China protest

Jun 07, 2016 - 12:56 PM

UPDATED His acquittal comes as tensions remain high in the semi autonomous city with fears growing that Beijing is tightening its grip

Student activist Joshua Wong of the group Scholarism, talks to members of the media before reporting to the Wanchai Police Station in Hong Kong, China, January 16, 2015. File photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong protesters detained after bid to stop China official

May 19, 2016 - 12:27 PM

Police chased the group of 5 protesters as they ran along a major highway in eastern Hong Kong which had been cleared for Zhang Dejiang who chairs China s communist controlled legislature

ARRESTED. This handout photo released by Demosisto shows Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and leader of political party Demosisto, Joshua Wong, being detained by a police officer after he and others ran onto a road where the motorcade of top Chinese official Zhang Dejiang was expected to travel in Hong Kong on May 19, 2016. Demosisto/Handout/AFP

Hong Kong student leader Wong raps UK over China visit

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:55 AM

Wong is expected to join protests featuring Amnesty International Free Tibet plus Chinese Tibetan and Uighur activists as Xi receives a ceremonial welcome in London on Tuesday October 20

UK AND CHINA. A London cab drives past Chinese and British flags on The Mall in central London, England, 19 October 2015, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's State visit. President Xi arrives in Britain on 19 October 2015 for a three-day state visit. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong charged over protests

Aug 27, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Wong 18 is already due in court Friday August 28 for separate charges of obstructing police at an earlier demonstration

In this file photo, student activist Joshua Wong of the group Scholarism, talks to members of the media before reporting to the Wanchai Police Station in Hong Kong, China, January 16, 2015. File photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong student leader Wong in 'chilling' assault

Jun 29, 2015 - 2:07 PM

The male attacker punches Wong in the face and when he and his girlfriend gives chase both are assaulted

ASSAULTED. Student leader Joshua Wong is seen outside Hong Kong's Legislative Council Building as lawmakers debate a controversial political reform bill, Hong Kong, China, June 17, 2015. Photo by Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong student leader Wong barred from Malaysia

May 26, 2015 - 4:10 PM

The official declines to say why Wong was denied entry into Malaysia

TURNED AWAY. Student activist Joshua Wong of the group Scholarism, talks to members of the media before reporting to the Wanchai Police Station in Hong Kong, China, 16 January 2015. File photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

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Jan 16, 2015 - 8:43 PM

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Hong Kong student leaders arrested, released without charge

Jan 16, 2015 - 5:09 PM

Hong Kong student leaders including the teenage face of the pro democracy movement Joshua Wong were arrested on charges relating to mass protests but were released without charges

In this file photo, Hong Kong student leaders Joshua Wong (C) and Alex Chow (R) attend a press conference at a pro-democracy protest site next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on October 4, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFP

Hong Kong student leader calls off hunger strike

Dec 06, 2014 - 6:01 PM

Joshua Wong: Even if I stop the hunger strike it doesn t mean that the Hong Kong government can ignore our demands

Student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung of the Scholarism group speaks during a protest outside of the Hong Kong Chief Executive's Office after the annual anti-Hong Kong government protest rally, in Hong Kong, China, 01 July 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong protest leader: Block government, not roads

Dec 05, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Benny Tai says the movement has now run its course and warns that protesters now risk further violent clashes with police if they stay in their camps

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong Occupy protest leaders turn themselves in to police

Dec 03, 2014 - 3:22 PM

2ND UPDATE But student protesters who have launched a hunger strike vow they will continue suffering pain for justice

Pro-democracy activists Benny Tai (C) holds hands with Chan Kin-man (L) and Chu Yiu-ming (R) at the end of a press conference in Hong Kong on December 2, 2014. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Hong Kong protest founders to 'surrender', urge students to retreat

Dec 02, 2014 - 3:31 PM

UPDATED As we prepare to surrender we three urge the students to retreat – to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong students on hunger strike want government to talk

Dec 02, 2014 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED Joshua Wong: We are hoping that after the hunger strike we have a chance to speak with government officials openly

Pro-democracy leaders (L-R) Benny Tai, Joshua Wong and Alan Leong arrive at a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

HK student leader banned from cleared protest site

Nov 27, 2014 - 6:05 PM

Wong says he is banned from the area – one of 3 protest sites – for two months as part of his bail conditions

STUDENT LEADERS. Hong Kong student leaders Joshua Wong (C) and Alex Chow (R) attend a press conference at a pro-democracy protest site next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on October 4, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFP

HK police reopen main road after clearing protest camp

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:49 AM

2ND UPDATE Hong Kong police reopen Nathan Road in Mongkok district after completing their clearing operations

READY. A member of the police (C) holds a pepper spray hose as he and his colleagues take part in the clearance of a major pro-democracy protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on November 26, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Police brutality video at Hong Kong protest sparks outrage

Oct 15, 2014 - 12:36 PM

UPDATED Demonstrators and police fought running battles overnight with officers using their fists batons and pepper spray to beat back crowds in an operation they defended as a necessary response to ensure public order

FACE OFF. A pro-democracy protester (2L) shakes his fist at police officers as they advance in Hong Kong on October 15, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFP