Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was charged Thursday with obstructing a bailiff clearing one of the city’s three protest areas, an accusation that the teenager’s lawyer says is motivated by the young protester’s politics and fame, not by fact.
Wong, 18, is a prominent face of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. He appeared last month on the cover of TIME’s international edition and was named as one of TIME’s Most Influential Teens of 2014. He also features in TIME’s Person of the Year Poll.
He was arrested on Wednesday morning as police cleared a 60-day occupation of the Mong Kok district, where protesters had camped out demanding the right to freely elect their city’s top leader.
Wong was bailed for a modest $65 and, unless he is traveling to or from university, he cannot, as a bail condition, enter a large area of the neighborhood until his next…
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