Joshua Wong expects higher turnout on July 1

Joshua Wong expects higher turnout on July 1

Joshua Wong talks to RTHK’s Janice Wong

Demosisto secretary-general Joshua Wong said on Friday that he expects more people to come out to protest on July 1 than last year, following the recent flurry of arrests of pro-democracy campaigners.

Wong said the day is important as Carrie Lam will be taking over as Chief Executive on that day and President Xi Jinping may also be in the city. He noted that it would be Xi’s first visit to Hong Kong since over the presidency.

He said action has been taken against around 20 pro-democracy activists since Lam was elected as the next Chief Executive. Wong said this is an indication that CY Leung’s administration is determined to continue its tough policies against opponents.

Wong told RTHK’s Janice Wong that these arrests, which he described as “political persecution”, need to stop if there is to be harmony in society.

On Wednesday, Youngspiration pair Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching were charged over forcing their way into a Legco committee room last November, and on Thursday, nine activists were arrested in connection with a protest against Beijing’s interpretation of the Basic Law on oath-taking.