Stu­dent leader ac­cused of be­ing US agent

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A KEY fig­ure in Hong Kong’s “Um­brella Revo­lu­tion” has been blasted as a United States-backed agent in­tent on sow­ing dis­sent and dis­cord, in a new pro­pa­ganda video from the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment.

The two-minute film tar­gets those whom main­land au­thor­i­ties be­lieve threaten Bei­jing, with stu­dent leader Joshua Wong fea­tur­ing twice and images of US pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama and

Tai­wan’s Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen also shown.

It comes as ten­sions mount ahead of Hong Kong’s leg­isla­tive elec­tions where at least four can­di­dates who want the semi-au­ton­o­mous city to break from the main­land have been banned from stand­ing, prompt­ing anger the vote is be­ing vet­ted.

Mr Wong, who has been con­victed of par­tic­i­pat­ing in “un­law­ful assem­bly” – the protest that led to mass prodemoc­racy ral­lies in 2014 – is await­ing sen­tenc­ing later this month.

Mr Wong and other high-pro­file pro-democ­racy ac­tivists have launched new po­lit­i­cal party De­mo­sisto, pro­mot­ing self-de­ter­mi­na­tion for Hong Kong.

The pro­pa­ganda video fea­tures public fig­ures un­pop­u­lar with Bei­jing as it warns against forces who want to desta­bilise China. It was first posted on Au­gust 1. –

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