Protest Leader and Democracy Activist
Joshua Wong Chi-fung (Chinese: 黃之鋒; Sidney Lau: Wong4 Ji1 Fung1, born 13 October 1996) is a Hong Kong student activist and politician who serves as secretary-general of pro-democracy party Demosistō. Wong was previously convenor and founder of the Hong Kong student activist group Scholarism. Internationally known for his prominent role during the 2014 Umbrella Movement, his major influence on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement resulted in his inclusion in TIME magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2014 and nomination for its Person of the Year 2014, recognition by Fortune magazine as one of the world’s greatest leaders in 2015, and, in 2017, plans for nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In August 2017, Wong and two other pro-democracy activists were convicted and jailed for their roles in the occupation of Civic Square at the incipient stage of the Occupy Central protests in 2014 and, in January 2018, Wong was convicted and jailed again for failing to comply with a court order for clearance of the Mong Kok protest site later the same year.