A video posted by Chinese authorities which briefly features pictures of Joshua Wong, leader of the 2014 Occupy protests in Hong Kong, has been dubbed ‘laughable’ by the student activist. The video warns that the Western forces, represented by the US, are behind issues like Hong Kong independence, the South China Sea ruling and Taiwan independence. These forces are threatening China’s stability, it says.

The video showed a picture of Wong wearing a banner that says “hunger strike” on his head under a newspaper headline claiming to expose his “American background.” Wong told RTHK that accusations that he is backed by US organisations have been around for a long time, and said he “feels helpless” when watching the video.

The propaganda video was posted on Tuesday by the Chinese Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League. The procuratorate is China’s top agency for investigation and prosecution and the video was made by Dujia Media.

Wong was at the forefront of several rallies and protests in the past, including the 2012 protests against patriotic education and the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protests.

The video showed footage of children affected by war in the Middle East, and asked if the viewer had considered that China may one day resemble Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, and Turkey.

It said: “Hong Kong independence, Taiwan independence… agents of Western forces are doing all they can to destroy China’s peace and stability.”

Joshua Wong. Photo: RTHK screencap.

Wong told RTHK: “if they want to accuse everyone of supporting Hong Kong independence, then my thinking is that if they want to, do so,” he said.

Both the procuratorate and the Communist Youth League tagged the video with the phrase “beware of colour revolutions.”

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.