Real Hong Kong News
24th April, 2016
Activist Ray Wong’s India Visa Application Denied
Ray Wong Toi-yeung, activist and spokesperson of Hong Kong Indigenous, was invited to speak at the 11th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference which will be held between 26/April and 5/May. Dalai Lama is believed to be joining the conference. His application for e-Tourist Visa to travel to India has been rejected.
After the clashes between protesters and police in Lunar New Year day, dubbed as Fishball Revolution, Wong was arrested and charged for rioting. His passport is currently being held at court. Although he has been granted the right to travel to India for the conference, without his passport Wong had to apply for e-Tourist Visa which does not require the physical copy of his passport for application.
Wong’s passport will not be released to him until 26/April, the day he is due to travel to India. Without his passport, Wong will not be able to apply for Indian visa at the embassy.
On the other hand, the e-Tourist Visa application of Edward Leung Tin-kei, another spokesperson at Hong Kong Indigenous, has been granted. Leung planned to attend the conference with Wong.
Although it is unclear why Wong’s e-Tourist Visa application was rejected, some believe that the governments of China and/or Hong Kong SAR have pressured the Indian government.
Wong is not immediately available for comment.