Hong Kong teen democracy activist forms new political party

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 6:50 PM

Wong and several other youthful activists who led pro-democracy protests that gripped Hong Kong for seventy-nine days in late two thousand fourteen said their new party is called Demosisto.

Hong Kong teen democracy activist forms new political party

Hong Kong teen activist Joshua Wong on Sun unveiled a new political party that plans to field candidates in upcoming elections, marking the following step in the pro-democracy movement'south evolution in the southern Chinese city.

Wong and several other youthful activists who led pro-democracy protests that gripped Hong Kong for seventy-nine days in late two thousand fourteen said their new party is called Demosisto.

The teenager was the most visible face of the Str protests, in which youthful activists occupied major thoroughfares of the semiautonomous Chinese region to protest Beijing'south map to restrict elections. While the protests fizzled out after Hong Kong'south Beijing-backed boss refused to create any concessions, they also spawned a new wave of groups with more radical views, including advocating independence from China.

Wong is the group'south secretary-general, although at nineteenth years elderly he's two years too youthful to running for a seat in citywide elections for the Legislative Council set for September.

Latest month, he announced he was dissolving Scholarism, a protest grouping he helped found, in order to concentrate on the new party. Scholarism, which comprised mostly high schoolers, was at the forefront of the two thousand fourteen protests.

Demosisto'south chairman, Nathan Law, said he and two other members of the grouping are considering contesting seats in the election, which will pit pro-Beijing parties against pro-democracy groups.

Wong said Demosisto'south long-term goal is to keep a referendum in a decade to determine whether Hong Kong should've self-determination for its future after two thousand forty-seven, when a 50-year transition period following its handover from Britain to China ends.

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