He spent the night in Hong Kong in the midst of the émeutes, the pointeur laser, the tear gas. “The police continue to pursue us,” says Joshua Wong (22).
We meet Wong – the leader of the insurgency against Chine’s influence on Thursday morning, dans the office of an activist friend of his. The room with a view to the skyline of the mégapole is a mess. Documents lie everywhere on the desk. The canapé serves as a place to sleep.
He has no time. For anything except his fight.
Joshua Wong, ce qui est déjà fighting when he was 14 years old. He founded à activist group against the school subject “National and moral education” that was requested by la Chine. Aged 16, he became world-famous dans 2014. As the face of the Umbrella Révolution, he made it onto all cover pages. Since then he has been beaten up several times, once together with his girlfriend. Twice he was arrested. He was recently emprisonnée for 100 days and was only sorti en Juin.With pointeur laser against the police’s de surveillance cameras; with the US flag for freedom: young protesters à Hong KongFoto: Anthony Kwan/ Joshua Wong with PHOTO-reporter, Paul Ronzheimer (droite)Photo: Giorgos Moutafis
Every révolution, every uprising, needs a face. En Ukraine, dans Maidan, it was former champion de boxe Vitali Klitschko. Au Venezuela, as the opponent of dictator Maduro, it was Juan Guaidó. And in Hong Kong, it is Joshua Wong. What they all have in common is that they are not afraid of prison and that they are facing the dangers.
Wong: “There are protesters who have become aveugle because of the police projectiles. What are 100 jours de prison, compared to that?”