HONG KONG pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong had to deliver a subdued speech when he joined the Chulalongkorn University discussion on politics Thursday night in Thailand through a Skype call.
According to local media reports, the young leader was warned against discussing certain sensitive topics during the discussion and that if he violated the deal, his video call would be cut off.
Bangkok Post in an article said the topics included his detention in Bangkok on Wednesday, criticism of Beijing and any other issue that could potentially incite the audience.
He was only given the green light to speak about his life, his studies, political changes after Hong Kong returned to China, as well as the pro-democracy group that he heads known as the “Umbrella Movement”.
Thank you chulalongkorn university. pic.twitter.com/EUvxPLWnJJ
— Joshua Wong Chi-fung (@joshuawongcf) October 6, 2016
The daily said Wong agreed with the conditions and joined the discussion on Skype from Hong Kong from 7.30pm to 8pm.
The forum titled, “October 6: Chula looks to the future” was part of the university’s commemoration of the deadly massacre of student protesters that took place four decades ago.
Wong had been invited to speak at the university but was on early Wednesday upon his arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, detained and deported back to his home country.
His detention sparked controversy after it was revealed that the youth was held in Thailand on China’s request.
Bangkok Post A1 headline pic.twitter.com/MK3XBjd49F
— Joshua Wong Chi-fung (@joshuawongcf) October 7, 2016
According to The Nation, Pol Col Pruthipong Prayoonsiri, deputy commander of the Suvarnabhumi Airport immigration office, confirmed that China had sought the Thai government’s help to deny Wong’s entry into the kingdom ahead of his visit.
“As a result, the Immigration Bureau blacklisted him and held him for deportation. When officers informed him, Joshua Wong did not oppose it,” Pruthipong was quoted saying.
A South China Morning Post report earlier quoted Hong Kong officials as brushing off claims that China had played a role in blocking Wong’s entry into Thailand.
According to the report, an official claimed it was purely a domestic decision.
“On reports about Thailand being under pressure from China, first I have absolutely no information, and second, I personally do not believe such a matter would be an issue that requires international pressure,” Secretary of Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung was quoted saying.
The matter, he reportedly added, was “purely Thailand’s own handling” of an individual’s entry into the kingdom and that such a practice was common for any country.
Earlier Wednesday, members of Wong’s political party Demosisto confirmed that the activist was taken by Thai immigration authorities upon his arrival in Bangkok where he was due to give a talk at a university.
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, who is 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 byPrachatai English.
Demosistō later denounced his detention by Thai authorities.