Date
17 December 2017
Student leader Joshua Wong and family members have been target of vicious rumors and allegations, according to his mother who wrote an open letter urging the government to reopen talks with the students. Photo: AFP
Student leader Joshua Wong and family members have been target of vicious rumors and allegations, according to his mother who wrote an open letter urging the government to reopen talks with the students. Photo: AFP

Joshua Wong’s mother urges govt to heed democracy call

Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung posted on his Facebook account a letter from her mother, calling on the government to restart a dialogue with students.

“They have been on hunger strike for nearly 100 hours, and what they want is nothing more than to talk with government officials,” the letter said. 

Wong and several other students have been staging a hunger strike since Monday to ask the government to restart talks on electoral reform.

But Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said a dialogue would be useless if the students continued to demand that Beijing withdraw its Aug. 31 decision to vet candidates for the 2017 chief executive election.

“My son has fought with a group of close friends over the past more than one year, since they sincerely believe that Hong Kong people deserve an open and fair election, and they have given everything for that,” Wong’s mother said in the letter.

But she revealed that her family has been receiving a lot of false allegations, unfair criticisms and even threats to their lives because of her son’s political activities.

“I understand that people may have different political views,” the mother said. “However, my son has been going through floods of slander and defamation.”

“Our rented home since a decade ago has been announced as a place we owned, and I had to cut off my personal mobile phone because I was overwhelmed by so many nuisance calls. Members of my family have received funeral wreaths from time to time.

“Moreover, they made up so many lies, saying that our family members hold US passports and my son has received a scholarship from some foreign university.” 

It has also been rumored that Wong’s family members received financial support from foreign sources, she said.

“They have tried everything to defame us. How could human nature behave so ugly?” she said.

Any responsible government must heed the demand of this generation of young students for genuine universal suffrage, according to the letter.

“You may disagree with their views, but you should educate and communicate with them instead of ignoring them. Otherwise, these young people will continue to resist and hate the government even more,” she said.

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