Date
21 October 2017
Among the birthday wishes of Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong, who turned 18 on Monday, was that his loved ones and fellow pro-democracy activists remain safe. Photos: HKEJ
Among the birthday wishes of Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong, who turned 18 on Monday, was that his loved ones and fellow pro-democracy activists remain safe. Photos: HKEJ

Student leader Wong lists three wishes as he turns 18

Joshua Wong, the convenor of student activist group Scholarism, turned 18 on Monday, listing three birthday wishes on his Facebook page as a pro-democracy fight continued in Hong Kong.

Wong’s first wish was that his loved ones, including family members, girlfriend and his fellow students, will be safe and well.

His next wish was that people who join the Occupy Central movement will have the fortitude to continue with the campaign.

And his last wish was that the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, withdraws its decision on the electoral framework for Hong Kong and allows genuine universal suffrage for the city’s residents.

The student leader, meanwhile, hoped that he wouldn’t find himself in the current situation on his coming birthdays.

Wong, who has become a poster child of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, asked for some rest time on his birthday after holding a press conference at midnight.

“I will share my thoughts to you all tomorrow. I admire the people who are staying at Queensway [protest site], please show your respect even if you don’t support them,” Wong wrote on his Facebook page Monday.

Metro Daily reported that the most special present for Wong was a booklet he received from his girlfriend. The girlfriend invited Wong’s allies in Scholarism and other Hong Kong citizens to write messages in the booklet.

The report also quoted Wong as saying that the first thing he will do after turning 18 years old is to apply for voter registration.

“I want to use my vote to kick those pro-Beijing camps away,” Wong was quoted as saying.

The student leader refuted accusations from some anti-Occupy groups that he had been seeking to make arrangements for political asylum from the United States and that he has already applied for such visa.

Wong wrote on his Facebook page that none of that was true. He said his mood was spoilt on his birthday due to the misinformation campaign.

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