Free elections the goal, Joshua Wong tells Berlin audienceLocal | 11 Sep 2019 4:37 pm
Demosisto secretary-general Joshua Wong Chi-fung said in Berlin, Germany, yesterday that the anti-government protests in Hong Kong must continue.
Speaking with Deutsche Welle in Berlin, he called for free elections and described Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her government as a "puppet of communist authorities."
"I think the protests must continue with our course on free elections," he said.
Wong added that the protests will continue to take place until October 1, China's national day.
Lam released a statement earlier in the day appealing for dialogue with the protesters and for an end to recent violence.
Wong, however, pointed out that he and his fellow protesters have been seeking talks with Lam since July 1. The only solution would come with "universal suffrage," and a widening of "democratic rights for the people of Hong Kong," he said.
"We urge world leaders, when we are facing the threat of troops moving to the border and the possibility of martial rule in Hong Kong, now is the time for world leaders to take on the responsibility to safeguard Hong Kong's political and economic freedom."
Wong also likened the ongoing protests to the role of Berlin during the Cold War, expanding on remarks he gave on Monday night during an event where he met German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
"With the pressure from Beijing and how the free world supports us, Hong Kong is the new Berlin," he told DW.
He commended German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German government for their response to the protests and praised that they "emphasize the importance not to use violence or not to use force to solve the political crisis."