fredag 18. august 2017

Hong Kong jailings could lend democracy cause greater legitimacy

For Hong Kong’s embattled democracy movement the 20th anniversary of the UK’s handover to China has been nothing short of an annus horribilis. But on Thursday afternoon, just minutes after the former British colony’s high court had transformed him into one of the city’s first prisoners of conscience, Joshua Wong struck a decidedly an upbeat tone. “See you soon,” the 20-year-old protest leader tweeted after he and two friends, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, were jailed for their role in launching 2014’s umbrella movement, a historic 79-day occupation that drew hundreds of thousands of young people out on to the streets.