Joshua Wong to launch new political party, Demosistō, Sunday

April 07, 2016 15:05
A leaflet announcing the new party's debut (left) features Agnes Chow as the heroine of 'The Younger Games'. Chow and Joshua Wong will be among the party's leaders. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

A new political party called Demosistō will be formed on Sunday, led by student activists Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Agnes Chow Ting, reported Wednesday night.

Wong was the convener of the now-defunct student group Scholarism, and Chow used to be its spokeswoman.

The invitation to Chinese media issued by Wong portrays the party's inauguration as a movie premiere under the tagline "The Younger Games" -- a play on the title of the hit film franchise The Hunger Games.

In line with that theme, Chow, like the movies' heroine, is pictured with a bow and arrow. 

Nathan Law Kwun-chung, a former secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, will be one of the founding members of the new party.

Law said Wednesday night that the party's name suggests it will “stand with the people” in their quest to turn around the destiny of Hong Kong.

The name Demosistō is formed from the Greek work "demos", meaning people, and the Latin word "sisto", meaning "I stand", Law said.

While "demos" is a root word of democracy, "sisto" is a root of words such as "insist", "persist" and "resist".

The party's name suggests it will stand by the people to resist suppression.

Some netizens, however, found the name difficult to pronounce, hard to remember and maybe grammatically incorrect. 

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