Joshua Wong, 17, is leading a group of teenagers who have been dubbed the "umbrella generation." He is raising his voice against the authority of a country that has a bloody history of crushing student protests and revolution.
But Wong has made it clear: He is not afraid. In fact, after spending 40 hours in police custody, the teenager is even more determined and vowed to re-join the fight for democracy.
Tens of thousands of activists occupied the streets of Hong Kong last week in what is now being termed the “longest series of political protests” since the 1997 British handover to the Chinese government.
Hundreds of children and teenage students also joined the movement known as “Occupy Central,” demanding not only democratic rights but also equality and better livelihood for citizens.
"I hope I can have a better future and that I can have the right to choose my future in Hong Kong," Wong told Reuters recently. The boy has become a protest sensation after it was revealed that he prepared for the struggle for almost two years.
Along with his friends, Wong set up a group called "Scholarism" aimed at giving students a political voice.
"It is true that we are students, but we are also citizens, so we can use action to change the policy of the government."
Wong, who has been called a “buffoon” and even an extremist by China, was reportedly arrested with two other students after a group broke into Hong Kong's Civic Square, demanding it be re-opened to the public.
When the young leader was released after 40 hours in police custody without charge or conditions, he vowed to return to the protests.
"People should not be afraid of their government," he said in an interview, quoting the movie V for Vendetta. "The government should be afraid of their people."
Take a glimpse of the 17-year-old’s struggle for democracy in Hong Kong in the video above.