Hong Kong pro-democracy leader deported from Thailand
Oct.5, Beijing: A Hong Kong student activist who became a face of a pro-democracy movement in the Chinese-ruled city has been deported from Thailand after being detained on arrival at the airport.
Joshua Wong, 19, was held in Bangkok where he had been invited to speak at two universities about Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement street protests and on setting up his political party, Demosisto.
"Demosisto has just been informed by the Hong Kong Immigration Department that ... Joshua Wong has boarded Hong Kong Airlines HX772 earlier from Bangkok, Thailand, en route back to Hong Kong." Demosisto said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
His supporters have accused Beijing of being behind the move.
Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown, reporting from Beijing, said a senior official at the immigration office at Bangkok's airport had "responded to a request by China to blacklist" Wong.
"He was therefore denied entry into Thailand and deported," he said.
The Umbrella Movement protests in Hong Kong, the former British colony which returned to Chinese rule in 1997, brought the city to a standstill for three months and presented Communist Party rulers in Beijing with one of their biggest political challenges in decades.
Wong was given 80 hours of community service by a Hong Kong court in August on a charge of unlawful assembly for taking part in a sit-in at the height of the protests in the Asian financial hub.
Thailand has been ruled by a military junta since a 2014 coup which was widely condemned by the West. Since then, the generals running Thailand have forged closer ties with Beijing.
Wong said in a Facebook post on Tuesday night that he was concerned about his trip to Bangkok.
The Oslo Times International News Network