The Hong Kong activist said the resurgence of youth-led pro-democracy movements across Asia have "common goals, beliefs in solidarity and unity as well as similar shared experiences dealing with government oppression."
Pro-democracy protests and the police response to them have become increasingly violent this week, and Hong Kongers worry that Beijing will soon intervene directly.
The violent beating of the unarmed, handcuffed activist shocked the public when video of the incident was covered by local media last year.
'We Are Just Stuck at This Moment': Weariness Mounts for Hong Kong Protesters Ahead of Planned Clearing
City authorities are preparing to clear sections of the protest zones and remove roadblocks that have enclosed demonstration areas for more than seven weeks.
While Protesters and Officials Talk, Hong Kong's Leader Believes the City Is Too Poor for Direct Elections
Students mounted a constitutional critique of the government's acceptance of a plan limiting democracy a day after the city's leader insisted poor voters would dominate free elections.
Protesters reclaimed occupation zones and established new barricades in Mong Kok after riot police tried and failed to disperse the crowds.
Clearance operations in encampments have raised tensions between protesters and police over the past week, with demonstrators erecting obstacles and retaking areas whenever possible.
Demonstrators recently set up a tent city blocking key areas of the city's financial hub, and sparks flew as a large pro-Beijing group responded with a counter-protest.
Counter-protesters attacked groups of demonstrators in the Mong Kok shopping district, prompting scuffles and heightening tension with police.
Student leaders had vowed to occupy government buildings if CY Leung did not resign by midnight, but the embattled official reaffirmed his determination to remain in power.
Protesters are still streaming into the streets of Hong Kong in the city's largest mass demonstration in years, posing the biggest challenge to Beijing since Tiananmen.