Joshua Wong denied entry to Malaysia for activist forum

May 26, 2015 16:01
Joshua Wong has been forced to take a return flight to Hong Kong after being denied entry to Malaysia. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong has been denied entry to Malaysia where he was to talk about the Umbrella Movement and the June 4 Beijing crackdown.

"Malaysian government does not allow me to enter the country. I am going to take the same flight back to Hong Kong," Wong wrote on Facebook.

Wong, who was a key figure in last year's Hong Kong protests, had been invited by pro-democracy groups in Malaysia to attend an activist forum.

He was barred by immigration authorities from entering the country on Tuesday morning and was told to leave. No reason was given.  

Wong was due back in Hong Kong at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

Wong, 18, was a leader of the 79-day pro-democracy protests and also figured prominently in demonstrations against a proposed national education program in 2012.

In November, he was No. 3 in Time’s 2014 “Person of the Year” rankings, after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the protesters of Ferguson, Missouri. 

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