An inspiring account of Hong Kong’s original student activist, Unfree Speech recounts Joshua Wong’s path to protest and the lessons he has learned as head of the pioneering Umbrella Movement and fledgling politician. With a concluding section that sets out the key rallying points for opposing authoritarianism and oppression, Unfree Speech is 2020’s most incendiary manifesto for change.
Introduction by Ai Weiwei
An urgent manifesto for global democracy from the leading 23-year-old Hong Kong activist.
At what point do you stand up to power?
When he was 14, Joshua Wong made history. While the adults stayed silent, Joshua staged the first ever student protest in Hong Kong to oppose National Education - and won.
Since then, Joshua has led the Umbrella Movement, founded a political party, and rallied the international community around the anti-Extradition Bill protests, which have seen 2 million people - more than a quarter of the population - take to Hong Kong's streets. His actions have sparked worldwide attention, earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and landed him in jail twice.
Composed in three parts, Unfree Speech chronicles Joshua's path to activism, collects the letters he wrote as a political prisoner, and closes with a powerful and urgent call for all of us globally to defend our democratic values.
When we stay silent, no one is safe. When we free our speech, our voice becomes one.
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 226 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 18 mm
'Joshua Wong is a brave and inspiring young leader. Together we are one loud voice that cannot be silenced.' – Greta Thunberg
'If we want freedom, we need to learn from Hong Kong. With values, tactics, and courage, Joshua Wong shows us the way.' - Timothy Snyder
'Joshua Wong represents a new generation of rebel. All they require and demand is a single value: freedom.' - Ai Weiwei
Joshua Wong - Unfree Speech
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