Student leader accused of being US agent
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. –