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In leaderless Hong Kong movement, Joshua Wong just 1 voice


Added 09-17-19 12:22:01am EST - “Overseas, Joshua Wong has emerged as a prominent face of Hong Kong's months-long protests for full democracy. At home, he is just another protester.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “In leaderless Hong Kong movement, Joshua Wong just 1 voice”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

HONG KONG (AP) - Overseas, Joshua Wong has emerged as a prominent face of Hong Kong’s months-long protests for full democracy. At home, he is just another protester.

The 22-year-old activist, who rose to fame as a leader of democracy protests five years ago, speaks to a U.S. congressional committee on Tuesday, following visits to Germany and Taiwan to drum up support for the movement.

While not diminishing the importance of that role, other protesters say Wong does not speak for what is purposefully a leaderless movement. He has received media coverage, both because he is well-known and the movement is largely faceless, since many protesters speak only anonymously and wear masks to try to avoid arrest.

“Not that nobody cares about what he says, but it’s just that Joshua Wong alone cannot represent the whole of Hong Kong,” said Sean Au, a 17-year-old student. “He is just a participant, no longer a leader.”

His activities have nonetheless made him a target of the Chinese government, which has used him to accuse foreign powers of colluding with anti-China separatists to foment unrest.

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