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Joshua Wong banned from Hong Kong election

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Joshua Wong banned from Hong Kong election

Joshua Wong banned from Hong Kong election

Hong Kong on Tuesday disqualified pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from taking part in upcoming district elections, a move likely to spark more discord in a city hit by five months of anti-government protests.

Ryan Brooks reports.


Joshua Wong banned from Hong Kong election

Hong Kong has disqualified activist Joshua Wong from running in elections next month.

On Tuesday, Wong confirmed the ban on the grounds that advocacy for Hong Kong's 'self-determination' violates election law.

He called it 'political censorship.'

(SOUNDBITE) (English), PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST JOSHUA WONG, SAYING: "Now, I (have) become the only candidate banned from running in November's district council election.

The decision to ban me from running (for) office is clearly politically driven.

The so-called reason is (based on) judging subjectively on my intention to uphold (the) Basic Law.

But everyone would know that the true reason is my identity, Joshua Wong, (that) is the crime in their mind." Wong has not been a prominent figure in the last five months of sometimes violent protests, which are largely leaderless.

However, he has a high profile abroad.

Wong just finished a tour to the U.S. and Germany earlier this year, lobbying for overseas support for the protests.

Beijing has said that it "strongly disapproved" of his meetings with foreign politicians.

Chinese state media has called him a pro-independence leader, a claim he denies.

Barring Wong from elections is likely to fuel further discord in Hong Kong.

He urged protesters to take to the streets this weekend, which is expected to be filled with violent clashes.

The long-running protests have taken a heavy toll on the city's economy.

Earlier on Tuesday, leader Carrie Lam said she expected the city's economy to shrink this year and called the situation quote 'very grim.'

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