2020-05-20 11:20:34

How Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Movement Beat The Virus



Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Joy Ming King.

As infections and deaths from the coronavirus continue to rise in the US and nations like Russia, India, and Brazil, some parts of the world are offering a model for how to beat the deadly disease. One major success story is Hong Kong where out of more than 7 million residents there have been only 4 deaths attributed to Covid-19.

The backdrop for this stunning statistic is that the past year saw Hong Kong all over international news headlines for a persistent pro-democracy movement that refused to back down in the face of police heavy handedness and a pro-China government.

Now, it appears as though that very movement, rather than Hong Kong’s discredited government, is responsible for organizing a successful response to the coronavirus.

Joy Ming King, activist born and raised in Hong Kong and participating in the pro-democracy protests through organizing and direct action both outside and inside Hong Kong through his work in Lausan Collective.

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