Listen: Hong Kong, Joshua Wong, China discussed on PRI's The World
"Jus your e face show today on the world. I'm Marco werman. We're one week into summer and France has already shattered the record for the highest temperature ever recorded there in some cities in the south of France, they've reached as high as one fourteen degrees Fahrenheit, one fourteen degrees, and what's worse than that most departments don't actually have air conditioning. We'll hear how the French are beating the heat also today at the g twenty summit in Japan. Hong Kong's pro democracy. Activists had this request for President Trump and other world leaders, they stand with us as we fight to save got freedom and atonomy under Chinese rule. Beijing says that's an internal Chinese matter mind your own business. Those stories are more today here on the world. If nothing else the democratic debates this week showed us, what democracy can look like twenty candidates all for president all expressing their opinions. We start today in a place where the thirst for democracy, took some two million people to the streets this month. Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous island answers to mainland China, but it's people rose up to protest an extradition Bill this month. The law would give a is the ability to schoo- people up in Hong Kong take them to mainland China and put them on trial. Activists are calling on Hong congress, it come out in March on Monday, and they're calling on world leaders of the g twenty summit to please pay attention. They stand with us as we fight to save got freedom and Tony and the Chinese rule. That's twenty three year old activist Joshua Wong. He's one of the leaders of the pro democracy movement and on Kong, he's focused now on this coming Monday, July. First, that's the anniversary of China taking back control of Hong Kong from Britain back in nineteen ninety seven with. Residents angry about that extradition. Bill Wong says a usual July first demonstrations, will have more urgency laws year we have around on the hundred thousand people get on straight, but I believe on, I line, we'll have more than half than people joined the strike. We urge the government, not only suspend Bill but foodie withdrawed ego law. Let's say that extradition law was not a proposal that it was in fact law. What would how would that affect you? If traditional being passed it might extra end the individual ordinary citizen from Hong Kong to mainland China, the place, fair trial. That's why people get out on the street with the anger and power and urge government respect on judicial independence and fat trial, Joshua. You've had several episodes in Hong Kong's jails. And it's really all the function of this odd relationship between Hong Kong and Beijing you were in jail for a month recently. And then went right back to the streets, without even a change of clothes. How come you're getting arrested so much? I am the one who have lit umbrella, movement five years ago, the umbrella political crackdown, especially the crackdown on human rights and political prosecution. So now not only myself still twenty politico free Innis in Joe. I'm not sure what kind of massive prosecution might happen suit, but we will never step that word again. It all comes back to this, very strange relationship that isn't really quite night or day between Hong Kong and Beijing, is it frustrating for you? People might fail tongue hot or depressed. But we Fus screwed. grade at because facing the largest of retire region in the world. We still continue our scrape with our passion. So you're in Hong Kong right now, Joshua. But I know the movement has several hundred representatives and Asaka at the g twenty I know you're calling on g twenty leaders to voice concerns over what you say are Hong Kong's, waning freedoms. But are they really going to listen, even with several hundred protesters right under their noses pan?."