HK activist Joshua Wong leaves jail, vows to join protests Jun 18, 2019 0 423 12345 AFPHong KongLeading Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong walked free from prison Monday and vowed to join historic anti-government protests rocking the finance hub, as activists kept up pressure on the city’s embattled pro-Beijing leader.Organisers said some two million people–more than a quarter of the population -- marched in tropical heat on Sunday calling for the resignation of chief executive Carrie Lam and protesting against a bill that would have allowed extraditions to the Chinese mainland. Hundreds were still blocking a road outside Lam’s office on Monday, demanding dialogue with the authorities. The city has witnessed unprecedented scenes with two record-breaking rallies a week apart punctuated by violent clashes between protesters and police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets.Wong, the poster child of the huge pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” protests of 2014, became the latest voice to call for Lam’s resignation as he was released from a sentence imposed over his leadership of those demonstrations.“She is no longer qualified to be Hong Kong’s leader,” said Wong, who was sent to prison in May but released early for good behaviour. “I will also fight with all Hong Kongers to oppose the evil China extradition law.” Opposition to the extradition bill united an unusually wide cross-section of Hong Kong in recent weeks, from influential legal and business bodies to religious leaders.And while the spark for the last week of protests has been the threat of extradition to China, the movement has since morphed into the latest expression of public rage against both the city’s leaders and Beijing. Many Hong Kongers believe China’s leaders are stamping down on the financial hub’s unique freedoms and culture. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Iran set to breach enriched uranium limit in 10 days Jun 18, 2019 0 956 Arab League head warns no M-E peace deal without Palestinian state Jun 18, 2019 0 209 30 killed in triple suicide bombing in Nigeria Jun 18, 2019 0 1203 former Egypt president Morsi dies after falling ill in court Agencies Cairo Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi has died after appearing in court in Cairo, according to state media. The 67-year-old died after fainting during the court session in the Egyptian capital on .. China’s Xi to visit North Korea this week ahead of G20 meet AFP Beijing Xi Jinping will make the first trip to North Korea by a Chinese president in 14 years this week, state media said Monday, as Beijing tightens relations with Pyongyang amid tensions with the United States. Xi .. UN tells Tehran to keep implementing nuclear agreement US: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on Iran to continue to abide by a nuclear deal reached with world powers after Tehran said it would soon surpass a uranium stockpile limit set in the 2015 accord. ..