Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong detained in Thailand, party says
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Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong detained in Thailand, party says

THAI officials detained Hong Kong student pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong after he arrived in Bangkok to give a talk at a university, according to members of his political party.

Demosisto said in a Facebook post that the party was unable to contact Wong until Wednesday morning after he reached Bangkok’s main airport.

The group said Wong was due to arrive in Bangkok at about 11.45pm local time on Tuesday, but they were unable to contact him until 4.18am Hong Kong Time.

It added Netiwit Choltiphatphaisal, a leading Thai pro-democracy student, was expected to meet Wong at the airport but was then notified of the Hong Kong activist’s detention.

According to Netwit, Wong, a key leader of Hong Kong’s umbrella movement and Demosistō secretary general, was taken shortly after he landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport in the early hours of Wednesday.

He added that this was after local authorities received a letter from the Chinese government about his visit.

“Joshua Wong has been confined at the immigration in Thailand because there’s a request from Chinese government to Thai authority,” Netiwit wrote on his Facebook status, as quoted by Prachatai English.

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Demosistō denounced his detention by Thai authorities.

“Demosistō strongly condemns the Thai government for unreasonably limiting Wong’s freedom and right to entry, and requests the immediate release of Wong. In the meantime, we request the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s assistance in assuring Wong’s safety,” Demosistō, said in a statement.

 

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Netiwit also said Wong is expected to be deported back to Hong Kong.

“I would like to ask the authority to assure that he will be sent back home safely. I hope that people all over the world will pay attention to his situation. Thank you,” Netiwit added.

According to Prachatai English, Wong was invited to give a talk on new generation’s politics at the faculty of political science, Chulakongkorn university. The activist was due to give a talk at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the massacre of over a hundred pro-democracy students and bystanders at Thammasat University in 1976 by military and paramilitary forces.

Wong travelled to Japan and Taiwan prior to arriving in Thailand for the Oct 6 event, Netiwit said.

Additional reporting from the Associated Press