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‘Endure, everyone’: final messages from Hong Kong democracy figures before detention | Hong Kong

On Sunday, 47 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures have been charged with conspiracy to commit subversion over accusations they organised unofficial main elections aiming to “paralyse” the federal government by successful a majority and blocking laws. The election was finally postponed for a 12 months, purportedly due to the pandemic. All face phrases of as much as life in jail if convicted. Before they reported to police stations throughout the town to be detained, some despatched messages to their supporters about justice, hope and endurance.

Listed here are a few of their messages, translated and compiled by unbiased researcher Eliot Chen:

Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, 43, former LegCo member who resigned in protest in September 2020.

“Immediately, to be responsible of our widespread beliefs, I’m deeply honoured. I’ve acquired your well-wishes, and I want everybody fulfilment every day. Regardless of the scenario, fill everybody round you with love and with hope.”

“To have a transparent conscience, is to not be agreeable, however to be good; to forestall misdeeds from taking place.”

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“Go peacefully, and be upright – generally it’s laborious to do each, and we will solely work laborious to practise the latter, and need for peace in our hearts. Historical past will stand on the facet of justice, so sit straight, drink water, and daybreak will finally come.”

Gwyneth Ho Kwai-lam, 30, meant to run within the elections.

“Many individuals in all probability didn’t begin desirous about exile till after [Nathan Law, politician and activist who was leader of Demosistō from 2016 to 2018, he later fled to the UK]. However for me, I knew by 7/1/19 that the price of exile was extra insufferable for me than the rest. So a choice that, to you, seems like caging a lion, to me, is a commerce off that I’m prepared to bear. I need peace of thoughts greater than peace, and the 2 are generally opposites. I want that you just all could discover peace of thoughts, after which, to press ahead.”

“I could also be bodily feeble, however I’m mentally sturdy. No worries. All of us love Hong Kong yah.”

Lester Shum Ngo-fai, 27, district councillor, disqualified in July 2020.

“Don’t really feel demoralised, this street is our personal. It’s for Hong Kong individuals to decide on collectively, it’s the one we should stroll collectively. Historical past has no turnback factors, solely predecessors.”

Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, 39, chief of the Civic get together, disqualified from LegCo in November 2020. Supposed to run within the elections.

“Press on inside, and press on collectively.”

Prince Wong Ji-yuet, 23, meant to run within the elections.

“If tomorrow I’m not in a position to withstand the oppression of totalitarianism, I’ll practise properly, and hope to be an individual who can discover peace in my coronary heart someday. However I’m crying, as a result of I nonetheless have a lot, and am so completely satisfied, which is why I’m resistant and unhappy. Individuals within the mountains are self-righteous, however the street there is stuffed with hazard. Thanks in your concern. If I’m remanded, I hope that after I come out, you’ll all nonetheless be there, persevering with to endure.”

Prince Wong Ji-yuet
Prince Wong Ji-yuet {Photograph}: Kin Cheung/AP

Ng Kin-wai, 25, district councillor.

“Bear in mind to concentrate to the anonymous brothers, to the Hongkongers despatched to China, kinfolk and associates. This land wants your help greater than ever, keep in mind to not bury your conscience, keep in mind to return again to struggle.”

Tiffany Yuen Ka-wai, 27, district councillor for Tin Wan. Former Demosisto member.

“Maintain Tin Wan for me and for yourselves, please. I like you all.”

Andrew Wan Siu-kin, 51, Democratic get together member and district councillor.

“I’ve no fears, going through as much as difficulties, I’ve hoped to show the power of the wind. Respect yourselves! Bear in mind your authentic intentions, it doesn’t matter what could suppress them, be protected, and take care!”

Lam Cheuk-ting, 43, Democratic get together chief govt and district councillor.

“Perhaps I’ll be strolling again out right here in a bit bit.”

“Proceed to carry on. Bear in mind the the explanation why we selected to face out.”

“Within the face of fixed suppression and coming into this political winter, we will solely depend on mutual help and care, and work laborious amid adversity. Jail can isolate us, nevertheless it can’t forestall us from speaking with one another and taking good care of one another; iron chains can lock up our our bodies nevertheless it can’t lock up our minds and souls. Keep calm and keep on. This too shall move!”

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Carol Ng Man-yee, 50, president of the Hong Kong Confederation of Commerce Unions (HKCTU) and Labour get together member.

“To the very edge, you should follow your beliefs. The pursuit of a greater society and the pursuit of democracy won’t ever die, the labor motion will endure eternally.”

Lee Yue-shun, 27, Civic get together member and district councillor.

“Regardless of the absurdity that they face, Hongkongers should reside properly and reside within the reality. I’m proud to be a Hongkonger, I’ve no regrets. If anybody in North Level wants assist, please contact throughout workplace hours. The workplace of Lee Yue-shun will serve till the final second.”

“Hiu-yan, this time it’s my flip to say goodbye to you. The primary time ‘Might Glory Be to Hong Kong’ was performed right here, was in a memorial for an additional frontline sufferer. Would possibly tonight be the final time it’s performed? I hope everybody is not going to overlook Hiu-yan & all the opposite sacrificed youngsters of the identical age. I’m so glad to have gotten to know so many brothers, I’ll undoubtedly consider you 🙂 I hope you all reside properly. I want you peace. ‘I’ve fought the nice struggle, I’ve completed the race, I’ve stored the religion.’ (Timothy 4:7)”.

Pro-democracy activists gesture ‘five demands, not one less’ in support of arrested fellow activists outside the West Kowloon Court in Hong Kong
Professional-democracy activists gesture ‘5 calls for, not one much less’ in help of arrested fellow activists exterior the West Kowloon Court docket in Hong Kong {Photograph}: Jérôme Favre/EPA

Leung Kwok-hung, 64, founding member of the League of Social Democrats (LSD), former LegCo member.

“The Nationwide Safety Regulation is with out foundation in legislation or heaven, launch all political prisoners.”

Owen Chow Ka-shing, 24, meant to run within the elections.

“Whether or not we’re within the streets, in jail or abroad, hope will at all times be wanted for us to maintain preventing this infinite battle … Good luck to all of you on the market.”

Ray Chan Chi-chuen, 48, former LegCo member who resigned with colleagues in November 2020, and the primary brazenly homosexual politician in Hong Kong.

“I’m not labelling this ‘my final publish’ as a result of I nonetheless consider that I’ll see you all tonight. Life doesn’t prove how we intend, misfortune occurs on a regular basis. To reside a lifetime of peace, first you should have internal peace!”

“Solely within the night did I realise the glasses I put on can’t be worn in custody. Luckily, there’s a spectacle firm that gives service inside an hour. I rushed to decide on my first ever pair of fibreglass glasses that are a lot lighter than my present pair. However by myopia is deep, and it was sort of costly to decide on the thinnest fibre lens. (The present glass lenses are new, they damage …) After going residence to have dinner with my mom to rejoice her birthday, I feel I ended up worrying my household. It doesn’t matter what, we don’t overlook our authentic beliefs, and I hope you all face them bravely.”

“With a transparent thoughts, you’ve got your individual justice
Combat laborious and to the tip
I don’t concern my very own affairs
I solely concern that there might be no one to exchange me”

“Maybe within the afternoon you gained’t see the blue sky. Time is restricted so I’ve to say my goodbyes in a rush however I hope there might be time later. ‘I’ll by no means see the world once more!’ I considered the acquainted phrases by the good Turkish author Ahmet Altan.”

“Issues occur in a rush, so I’m very grateful to associates from all sides for his or her prepared help. Immediately I’ve my two cats by my facet (a handful of cat hair), so I’m calm, please relaxation assured, I’ve sufficient braveness to face what could come.”

Mike Lam King-nam, 33, meant to run within the elections.

“I’ve been comforting my household for a number of days. An important factor is that I did nothing unsuitable and I did nothing unlawful, so even when I might be prosecuted or imprisoned, in the long run, my conscience is evident.”

“Final week, I presided over the assembly of the Environmental Committee, which could be the final time I seem within the District Council chamber. My authentic intention in politics was to carry environmental safety into Hong Kong’s political agenda. The street to environmental safety, democracy, and freedom, is equally rugged in Hong Kong, and I’ve tried my greatest, and I’m grateful to all of you in your firm. I’ve already had associates and volunteers by my facet. Now that my profession of a councillor is sort of over, many issues are uncontrolled. One can solely be upright and sincere, and always remember your authentic beliefs and preserve a transparent conscience. For our love of Hong Kong, we sweat collectively, snicker collectively, and shout collectively. Endure, everybody, we’re all Hongkongers!”

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