American lawmakers have nominated three leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy movement for the Nobel Peace Prize.
A group of 12 legislators sent a letter to the Nobel nominating committee in Oslo, Norway recognizing 21-year-old Joshua Wong, 24-year-old Nathan Law and 27-year-old Alex Chow. The letter said the men should be awarded the prize “for their peaceful efforts to bring political reform and self-determination to Hong Kong.”
The three activists led tens of thousands of people in what became known as Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution” beginning in September 2014. The demonstrations – which protested a Chinese government decision to restrict fully free elections in Hong Kong – shut down parts of the city for 79 days.
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