Joshua Wong gives his take on HK parliament mayhem | AFP

Joshua Wong, an activist who became the face of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement”, says he doesn’t advocate violence, a day after protesters ransacked the city’s parliament. But he adds that if peaceful protests had worked to convince the pro-Beijing leadership to completely withdraw a controversial China extradition bill, demonstrators would not have had to resort to violence.

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Hong Kong dissident joins protest after prison release

Joshua Wong, a leader in Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, joined protesters gathered near Hong Kong’s government headquarters after his release from prison. (June 17)

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Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong is released from prison | AFP

Joshua Wong, the student leader who became the face of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement” democracy protests in 2014, is released from prison. Wong, clutching a small box of belongings and dressed in a white shirt, walks free from Lai Chi Kok Correctional Institute and is swiftly mobbed by media and supporters.

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Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong is released from prison | AFP

Joshua Wong, the student leader who became the face of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement” democracy protests in 2014, is released from prison. IMAGES

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Joshua Wong warns more protests if Carrie Lam doesn’t resign | AFP

Joshua Wong, the student leader who became the face of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Movement” democracy protests in 2014, is released from prison. Wong tells reporters that the city’s embattled leader Carrie Lam must resign, “otherwise more Hong Kong people… will come and join the our fight.” SOUNDBITE

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The End of the Umbrella Revolution: Hong Kong Silenced

In September 2014, VICE News documented the birth of the so-called Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. When students organized a weeklong strike to protest China’s handling of the local election process, the government responded with tear gas. Thousands of Hong Kong residents took to the city’s streets in solidarity with the students and the protesters occupied several major roads for weeks on end.

Nearly two months into the occupation, the demands and resolve of the protesters remained unchanged. They started to become fatigued and divided against each other, however, and public support for their cause began to decline. The movement was under immense pressure to either escalate their action, or to retreat and give back the streets.

When VICE News returned to Hong Kong near the end of 2014 to check in on the protesters, we witnessed the final days of the Umbrella Movement’s pro-democracy demonstrations.

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