Scholarism's Joshua Wong answers "foreign meddling" claims

Scholarism's Joshua Wong answers "foreign meddling" claims

Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders have angrily denied claims by the city's chief executive that "external forces" are behind their mass rallies.

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Joshua Wong
Photo: Agence France-Presse

Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders have angrily denied claims by the city's chief executive that "external forces" are behind their mass rallies. Today the lawmakers will hold talks with the protesters in hopes of ending the three-week protest.

In a television interview broadcast on Sunday evening, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying blamed foreign forces for the ongoing protests but refused to identify them.

The claims sparked ridicule from democracy leaders.

In a sarcastic post on his Facebook page on Monday, protest leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung said: "My links with foreign countries are limited to my Korean cellphone, my American computer and my Japanese Gundam. And of course, all of these are 'Made in China'."

Claudia Mo Man-ching, a pro-democracy lawmaker, accused the Hong Kong government of smear tactics.

"They cannot succumb to the protesters and say 'Maybe we should make concessions?’ so instead they have to blacken and smear this campaign. It's all very dirty," she said.

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