(The Guardian) – US lawmakers including the Republican senator Marco Rubio have nominated Joshua Wong and Hong Kong’s umbrella protest movement for the 2018 Nobel peace prize in recognition of their non-violent quest for democracy.
Rubio, who heads the congressional-executive commission on China, said in a statement: “Wong and his fellow pro-democracy advocates have been unflinching in their peaceful and principled commitment to a free and prosperous Hong Kong. They are an inspiration and their cause has reverberations far beyond their city.”
Wong was one of the leaders of the 79-day street occupation that paralyzed swaths of the former British colony in late 2014 in a bid to wrestle democratic concessions from China’s authoritarian rulers. The movement took its name from the umbrellas protesters used to shield themselves from police teargas.