Joshua Wong and Alex Chow: The People of Hong Kong Will Not Be Cowed by China

Josh Wong & Alex Chow moments after their speech in the Admiralty,  on October 11, 2014. Photo: Aaron Guy Leroux

By Joshua Wong and Alex Chow
Mr. Wong and Mr. Chow are Hong Kong activists.
Aug. 31, 2019

HONG KONG — “If we burn, you burn with us.” A famous line in the movie “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” has been given a new life in Hong Kong’s summerlong protests: It has come to represent the spirit unleashed by hundreds of thousands of protesters. As many commentators have pointed out, the massive, leaderless resistance movement here is a critical front-line battle against the authoritarian Chinese Communist Party in Beijing. A dictatorial party facing domestic and global pressures — especially from the ongoing trade negotiations with the United States — the C.C.P. is getting impatient, apparently. On Friday, it targeted leading activists and politicians in Hong Kong with a round of arrests, possibly signaling that a broader crackdown may be around the corner.

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