Joshua Wong, Hong Kong’s 17-Year-Old Senior Activist
While the Occupy Central enters its 6th day, a 17-year-old boy
has been the protagonist in the movement.
His pivotal role at the students’ assembly set off
the Occupy Central.
He is the senior student leader – Joshua Wong.
With a pair of heavy rectangular glasses and a bowl cut,
he is the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement convener,
At 17 years of age, Joshua is already a veteran activist.
He has been the key figure in the movement
that shakes the Communist regime in Hong Kong.
On Sept. 26 evening, the 17-year-old’s cry “Occupy Civic Plaza"
pushed the ready to be ended assembly to a climax.
Hundreds of students stormed into the square next to the Central
Joshua Wong and the protesters went in to the plaza
by climbing the fence.
Wong was immediately handcuffed and dragged away.
His two-day detention prompted the Occupy Central
to take place earlier than planned.
Joshua Wong: “We firmly believe that fighting for democracy
is to change the impossible to the possible.
We make history; we do things they could not predict."
Wong, as a minor, has dramatically become a veteran
in protest against the regime.
At high school, the 14-year-old Joshua emerged as an organizer
of Scholarism to fight against the implementation
of so-called patriotic education to indoctrinate
Communism in Hong Kong schools.
When handed the petition card that read, “Defend freedom
of thought, Oppose brainwashing education" to Leung Chun-ying,
the 14-year-old Joshua refused to shake hands with Leung.
Joshua Wong: “We hope very much that the next generation
in Hong Kong will have a sense of freedom and democracy.
It is that simple.
Even under great pressure today, even condemned in many
aspects, we are still very firm to launch the Occupy Central,
for our next generation."
Two years ago, Joshua Wong organized the members
of Scholarism to camp outside government buildings,
demanding the Hong Kong Government withdraw
the subject of national education.
It was joined by over 90,000 people taking to the streets
and 40,000 people surrounded the government building.
On school start day, the Civil Alliance Against National Education
conducted a rally in front of the government building,
demanding the classes be withdrawn.
Consequently, protesters occupied government headquarters.
The government was forced to finally shelve the brainwashing
classes more than a month later.
Joshua Wong: “We believe this achievement is not
the achievement of the Alliance or Scholarism,
but achieved by every resident and every citizen
of Hong Kong throughout the summer."
As he grows, his political views get more mature.
This seemingly serious politician, but also a little shy boy,
has broadened his attention on politics.
Since the 2012 street protest in Hong Kong, his Scholarism
has become the main force advocating democratic election.
They demand that voters nominate candidates in Hong Kong.
Last June when the HK Alliance (Hong Kong Alliance
in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China)
held the demonstration in commemoration of the 24th anniversary
of 1989 students’ movement, Joshua Wong led Scholarism
composed of a group of high school students to protest
to the Communist regime in the Hong Kong Liaison Office.
Joshua Wong: “This year we came to the Liaison Office
after the demonstration to tell the Central, we will continue
the fearless students’ movement, and we want justice
for the June 4 massacre.
We want the Central government know, after 5 years, 10 years,
and even 24 years, our decision to vindicate has not been
forgotten by time."
Compared with the traditional democratic camp in Hong Kong,
Joshua Wong and his young participants don’t compromise easily.
Former 1989 Student Movement participant Fang Zheng:
“Students have the least worries, simple and pure.
They are fighting for their future. The young people should
walk to the front. I think it’s normal.
They have always been the forerunners of evolution
and turning points."
Joshua Wong said what the high schoolers are doing is to wake
the adults and tell them, it is not solely the government’s game,
people have the right to participate.
Joshua Wong: “The hard battle of political reform
and the movement to reclaim our government
are not activities for students only, but for every student,
resident, worker, and Hongkonger.
It is a reclaim of a government belonging to Hongkongers."
When Hong Kong was returned to China, Joshua Wong was
less than nine months old.
Since then, the Communist Party has tried to turn Hongkongers
into so-called patriotic Chinese. But it has apparently failed.
In the Occupy Central, Joshua Wong pointed out,
without ideals, people are no different to dried salted fish.
Interview & Edit/LiuHui Post-Production/ShuCan