Q&A Nathan Law

The student leader of the Umbrella Movement was elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council at 23, but later jailed for his role in an Occupy sit-in. He talks to Agnes Frimston

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Agnes Frimston

Deputy Editor, The World Today

You were a leading figure in the Umbrella Movement of 2014. What was it?

It was a massive civil disobedience movement, mainly about occupying the roads and streets. It was a fight for democracy for Hong Kong. In 1997, the sovereignty of the island was handed back by the British to the Chinese government. During the handover, the Chinese promised that we would be given democracy in the future. But after 17 years we still haven’t been able to get the political reform that would grant us democracy. So we started such a massive civil disobedience movement in 2014 in protest, and that became known as the Umbrella Movement.

Is there universal suffrage in Hong Kong?

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