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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong quits democracy group Demosisto

HONG KONG – Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong said on Tuesday (June 30) he is stepping down as leader of his democracy group Demosisto, just hours after media reported that Beijing had passed national security legislation for the Chinese-ruled city. 

Wong has said he would be a “prime target” of Beijing’s national security law, which critics fear will crush freedoms in the former British colony. 

Chinese and Hong Kong authorities have said the law is necessary to tackle separatism, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces following anti-government protests that escalated in June last year. 

Wong has rallied support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement overseas, in particular in the United States, drawing the wrath of Beijing, which says he is a “black hand” of foreign forces. 

“If my voice will not be heard soon, I hope that the international community will continue to speak up for Hong Kong and step up concrete efforts to defend our last bit of freedom,” Wong said on his Twitter feed. 

Demosisto members Nathan Law and Agnes Chow also said they were stepping down from the group. 

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