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Hong Kong's Joshua Wong walks free, vows to join protest

Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on June 17, 2019 - Duration: 01:31s

Hong Kong's Joshua Wong walks free, vows to join protest

Activist Joshua Wong, who has become the face of Hong Kong's push for full democracy, is released from prison and vows to join a mass protest movement demanding that the city's Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, steps down.

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Hong Kong's Joshua Wong walks free, vows to join protest

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Activist Joshua Wong, who has become the face of Hong Kong's push for full democracy, walked free from prison on Monday and vowed to join a mass protest movement demanding that the city's Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, steps down.

His release comes as a political crisis in the Chinese-ruled city enters its second week, amid growing uncertainty over the fate of Lam and a controversial extradition bill she postponed at the weekend.

"I will join to fight against this evil law," said Wong, 22, who was one of the leaders of the 2014 "Umbrella" pro-democracy protests that blocked major roads in Hong Kong for 79 days.

"I believe this is the time for her, Carrie Lam the liar, to step down." Wong acknowledged he still had to fully grasp the scale of the crisis at a time when Chinese President Xi Jinping is grappling with a deepening U.S. trade war, an ebbing economy and regional strategic tension.

Protest organizers said almost 2 million people turned out on Sunday to demand that Lam resign, in what is becoming the most significant challenge to China's relationship with the territory since it was handed back by Britain 22 years ago.

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