HONG KONG (AFP) – Joshua Wong, the teenage face of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, said Saturday he has ended a four-day hunger strike designed to force the government into further talks on political reform.
“Under the strong urging of the doctor, I have stopped the hunger strike,” Wong, who had not eaten in 108 hours, said on his Facebook and Twitter feeds.
The 18-year-old said he felt “extreme physical discomfort, dizziness and weakness in the limbs”.
“Even if I stop the hunger strike, it doesn’t mean that the Hong Kong government can ignore our de-mands,” Wong said.
Wong and two young female members of his Scholarism student group announced the “indefinite” hunger strike following one of the worst nights of violence at the de-monstrations last Sunday.
Wong’s announcement came af-ter fellow hunger striker Isabella Lo announced she would stop the hunger strike on Friday, days after two others joined in the strike.
Scholarism said the three remai-ning students will continue with the hunger strike.
Television news footage showed a weak-looking Wong being wheeled around the main protest in Admiralty in a wheelchair.
He and other students on the hunger strike had been camping in tents near the city’s government headquarters during the past week.