Joshua Wong said he was “targeted by the central government”. Photo: Nora Tam

Beijing censures Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong for being pro-independence despite his denials and state media accuses him of receiving aid from the United States

  • Demosisto leader says criticism shows his disqualification was a central-government directive
  • US politicians come to young activist’s defence, calling for passage of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act
Topic |   Hong Kong district council elections

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Joshua Wong said he was “targeted by the central government”. Photo: Nora Tam
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Joshua Wong said he did not support Hong Kong independence and only supported a non-binding “self-determination” referendum on the city’s future within the current constitutional framework. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Decision to ban Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from district council elections may face challenge in court

  • Legal scholars say the power to disqualify candidates was ‘broad’ and appeared ‘unchecked’
  • Eric Cheung, law lecturer at HKU, says different outcomes in Eddie Chu and Joshua Wong’s cases show arbitrary power was vested in returning officers
Topic |   Hong Kong district council elections

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Joshua Wong said he did not support Hong Kong independence and only supported a non-binding “self-determination” referendum on the city’s future within the current constitutional framework. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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