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Event 71

UNFREE SPEECH: JOSHUA WONG -Skype Session

SKYPE SESSION

Unfree Speech is an urgent manifesto for global democracy from Joshua Wong, the 23-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee leading Hong Kong's protests. Now the subject of a Chinese government travel ban, Wong comes to the Festival via Skype from Hong Kong. He is a student activist and the secretary-general of pro-democracy party Demosistō , which he cofounded. In Quartz magazine in 2019, he wrote the article “How to fight for democracy when the government keeps throwing you in jail”, in which he concluded “Hong Kongers will never surrender, because we have nowhere else to turn.” Join him for an explanation of why the withdrawal of the extradition bill, an investigation into police brutality, and universal suffrage for Hong Kong are all so crucial. Wong’s role in the passive resistance Umbrella Movement earned him inclusion in Time magazine’s most influential teens of 2014. He speaks with Tze Ming Mok.

Supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Sat, 16 May 2020

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