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Alex Chow

Alex Chow, a prominent leader of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, describes the fight for democracy, his incarceration and life in exile. The Umbrella Movement of 2014 saw scores of people occupying main squares around the city, putting up umbrellas to protect themselves against the pepper spray police used to disperse the crowds. Then, in 2019, pro-democracy protests against a controversial extradition bill were, once again, met with police brutality, arrests and prison sentences, and many were forced to flee and live in exile. Alex tells Nicola about his seven-month prison sentence, his ongoing fight for democracy and the impact his work has had on his family.