Joshua Wong was 17 years old when he decided to take on the Chinese government in 2014. Before he knew it, the Hong Kong teenager was the face of a massive pro-democracy protest, known as the Umbrella Movement, which called for elections free from the influence of China’s central government. He finds himself on trial this week, facing a possible five-year prison sentence. The charges stem from the opening days of the Umbrella Movement. Wong is accused of “inciting unauthorized assembly” for his role in trying to take back Civic Square, a symbol of peaceful protest in Hong Kong. The movement ended in December 2014 with no clear results, but Wong’s fight for democracy continues, and to many he’s a symbol of hope. Business Insider recently spoke with Wong about what it’s like to take on the Chinese government, the future of Hong Kong, and whether he’s prepared to go jail. ( This interview has been edited for clarity and length.) Jonathan Garber: As you face trial, what’s going through your mind? Are you scared? Joshua Wong: I’m not scared, because I know that I need to face the trial. What I mean is, I already expect I will need… Read full this story
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