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Joshua Wong Profile: Hong Kong Protest Movement’s Unlikely Teen Leader

Prominent Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong talks to reporters outside a court in Hong Kong Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Wong and other democracy protesters were arrested during a police operation to remove barricades from a protest camp in the unruly Mong Kok district. Wong was given bail and his case adjourned until January 14. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Prominent Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong talks to reporters outside a court in Hong Kong Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Wong and other democracy protesters were arrested during a police operation to remove barricades from a protest camp in the unruly Mong Kok district. Wong was given bail and his case adjourned until January 14. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

HONG KONG—At age 14, he stepped into the spotlight to take on — and ultimately help defeat — Hong Kong authorities’ plans to launch a “national education”...




  • Leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (L-R) Yvonne Leung, Nathan Law, Alex Chow, Lester Shum and Eason Chung arrive for talks with Hong Kong authorities, aimed at ending weeks of rallies, on the same day the city's leader ruled out democratic reforms, in Hong Kong on October 21, 2014. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Student leader Joshua Wong (C) gives a thumbs up as he exits a courthouse with his lawyer Michael Vidler after Wong was released on bail in Hong Kong on November 27, 2014. (Aaron Tam/AFP/Getty Images)

    UPDATED: Hong Kong Student Leader Joshua Wong Banned From Parts of Mong Kok

    Updated on Thursday, Nov. 27 with new information about the court hearing, interview, and photos. Prominent student leader Joshua Wong has been banned from Mong... Read more

  • A poster depicting Civic Party member Ken Tsang, who was beaten by plainclothes police officers, is displayed at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Oct. 23, 2014. Seven officers involved in the beating were arrested on Nov. 26 following police investigation. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

    Seven Hong Kong Police Officers Arrested for Beating Restrained Protester

    In what one pro-democracy legislator called a “blatant abuse of power,” Hong Kong police violently cleared pro-democracy protesters from the contested Lung Wo Road in... Read more

  • Pro-democracy protesters and pedestrians clash with police on a street in Mong Kok on November 26, 2014 in Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

    Hong Kong: Police Stop People From ‘Shopping’ in Mong Kok

    Following the clearing of a pro-democracy encampment in the neighborhood of Mong Kok on Wednesday morning Hong Kong time, the area again became the site... Read more

  • Rescuers race against time to pump water from a flooded coal mine where 22 miners were trapped underground on April 7, 2014, in Qujing, Yunnan Province of China. A mining zone of the Xiahaizi Coal Mine was flooded while 26 miners were working at 4:50 am. Only four miners managed to escape, 22 coal miners were trapped underground. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

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    BEIJING—A fire sparked by underground tremors tore through a coal mine in northeastern China early Wednesday, killing 24 miners, Chinese state reported. The official Xinhua... Read more

  • Police officers shout at protesters at an occupied area in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Hong Kong Police Clear Defiant Democracy Protesters 

    Police cleared the second-largest protest site held by pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong on Wednesday morning in Hong Kong, with police rapidly making arrests, including... Read more

  • Hong Kong democracy protest leaders Joshua Wong (L) and Lester Shum (R) pose for a photo with a young girl, before fellow student leaders try to board a flight to Beijing, at Hong Kong's international airport on November 15, 2014. Three Hong Kong pro-democracy protest leaders were unable to leave the city for a planned trip to Beijing in hopes of bringing their demands for political reform to Chinese authorities. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)

    Hong Kong Breaking: Student Leaders Joshua Wong, Lester Shum Arrested in Mong Kok Clearing

    Updated on Wednesday, Nov. 26 3:20 p.m. EST with quotes from Joshua Wong and Lester Shum after the photos. Prominent student leaders Joshua Wong and... Read more

  • Police officers scuffle with protesters at an occupied area in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong early Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. An attempt by Hong Kong authorities to clear a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in Mong Kok district spiraled into chaos Tuesday as hundreds more protesters flooded the crowded neighborhood, a flashpoint for earlier violent clashes with police and angry mobs. A total of 116 people were arrested, police said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Hong Kong Police Arrest 116 at Occupy Central Protest Site

    HONG KONG—Hong Kong authorities cleared street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in the volatile Mong Kok district for a second day Wednesday after a... Read more

  • Joshua Wong shakes hands with NTD Television reporter Ben Hedges after an interview at the Central District protest site in Hong Kong on Nov. 12, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Free Hong Kong: The Thirst for Democracy

    In this episode of A Foreigner’s View of China, Ben Hedges returns to his birthplace, Hong Kong. After seeing images of the student protests on television,... Read more

  • Riot police use tear spray during clash with protesters at Mongkok district on November 25, 2014 in Hong Kong. The Mongkok protest site is scheduled for clearance by baliffs this week after Hong Kong's high court authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct bailiffs on the three interim restraining orders. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

    Hong Kong: Police Make Arrests, Use Tear Spray on Protesters, Journalist in Mong Kok Clearing (+Photos)

    HONG KONG—Hong Kong authorities began clearing a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district Tuesday, risking confrontation with demonstrators in the neighborhood, a flashpoint for previous... Read more

  • A pro-democracy protester looks on during a stand-off with police in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on November 26, 2014. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

    Hong Kong Live Blog (Mong Kok Clearing): About a Hundred Protesters Settle in Sai Yeung Choi Street

    Follow our live coverage of the police clearing of Mong Kok. See an article of earlier and developing events here. All times are in Hong... Read more

  • Student leader Joshua Wong (C) hands out flyers in support of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on November 16, 2014. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)

    Students Not Radicals, Hong Kong Police Suggest in Statement for Mong Kok Clearing

    Ahead of Tuesday’s clearing of Mong Kok, Hong Kong authorities are distinguishing between Occupy movements supporters. In a press release on Monday, Nov. 24, Hong... Read more

  • Civic Party lawmaker Claudia Mo (C) stand with pro-democracy protesters on a makeshift stage as bailiffs remove tents under a court injunction in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on November 25, 2014. Hong Kong authorities tore down barricades at a protest site in Mongkok, the scene of some of the more violent clashes to take place during nearly two months of pro-democracy sit-ins. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Real Reason Hong Kong Never Had Full Democracy

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  • On Nov. 16, 2014, a Chinese party mouthpiece revealed details of how officials buy and sell official positions, a rampant corruption phenomenon in Chinese officialdom. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chinese Media Publish on How to Buy and Sell Official Positions

    How to sell or buy an official position? When is the best time to do it? Who are possible candidates for selling or buying official... Read more

  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, locals stand outside after a quake hit Kangding County in Sichuan Province, China Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, killing at least one person and causing minor damage to buildings, officials and state media said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Guoqian)

    Earthquake Today in China: 5.9 Quake in Western China Kills 2; Injures 54

    BEIJING—A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China, killing at least two people, injuring 54 others and collapsing homes, officials said... Read more

  • American actor James Franco walks through the occupy site at Admiralty on November 21, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

    Spider-Man Star James Franco Spotted at Hong Kong Protest Site?

    James Franco could have visited the Occupy movement protest site in Hong Kong. Getty Images photographer Lam Yik Fei managed to snap shots of the... Read more


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