Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong quits democracy group Demosisto

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  • Tuesday, 30 Jun 2020

FILE PHOTO - Joshua Wong, secretary-general of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement," listens to testimony at a Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong said on Tuesday he is stepping down as leader of his democracy group Demosisto, just hours after local media reported that Beijing had passed national security legislation for the Chinese-ruled city.

Wong has said he will be a "prime target" of Beijing's national security law, which critics fear will crush freedoms in the former British colony.[nL8N2E60GH]

(Reporting By Noah Sin and Donny Kwok; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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