ong Kong’s most famous protester has been barred from running in the city’s upcoming district council elections next month in a move that he says clearly shows Beijing’s influence on the former British colony’s government.
In a statement, the government did not mention Joshua Wong by name but said that a candidate had been disqualified for advocating “self-determination,” a stance which it said directly comes into conflict with the Hong Kong constitution.
The 23-year-old face of the 2014 Umbrella Movement was the only candidate to be disqualified from participating in the election.
On Twitter, Wong said that the decision was “clearly politically driven” by pressure exerted from Beijing. “It proved how Beijing manipulate the election with political censorship and screening,” he wrote.
2) The decision to ban me from running office is clearly politically-driven. The so-called 'reasons' is judging subjectively on my intention to uphold Basic Law. But everyone would know that the true reason is my identity, Joshua Wong, is the crime in their mind.
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@joshuawongcf) October 29, 2019
Wong is currently out on bail after being charged in August with inciting and participating in an unlawful assembly over a June 21 protest where thousands surrounded the police headquarters. Only days after beingreleased from prison, Wong was one of the leaders of this demonstration.