‘This Will be a Century-Long Trauma for The Chinese People’

Sandra Loyd

Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, a retired minister at the Chai Wan Baptist Church in Hong Kong, was just recently in the headings as one of 9 pro-democracy activists founded guilty in April 2019 for criminal activities associated with their part in the 2014 Occupy Central demonstrations, which closed down crucial parts of Hong Kong for 79 days.

Chu, who got a suspended sentence for the 2014 demonstrations, led “Operation Yellowbird,” a secret rescue objective to assist pro-democracy activists desired by the Chinese federal government after the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown to leave overseas by means of Hong Kong, which was still a British nest.

Chu, 76, cared for the Chinese pro-democracy activists who remained in Hong Kong up until 1997, when sovereignty over Hong Kong was moved to China and Operation Yellowbird’s objective likewise pertained to an end. In 8 years, the operation had actually effectively made it possible for 400 pro-democracy Chinese activists to leave to totally free countries.

Chu spoke with RFA about the current year of mad demonstrations over the growth of mainland China control over Hong Kong in the run as much as the 31 st anniversary of the crackdown.

RFA: What stirred you to action as you experienced the occasions in Beijing of 1989?

Chu Yiu-ming: It was so unpleasant to view what had actually occurred in Tiananmen Square on the night of June fourth. Numerous injured. Numerous had actually lost their lives. What could I do? I really did not understand what I might do to assist. 2 weeks later on, the pro-democracy activist Szeto Wah asked me, ‘Reverend Chu, can you help us?’

RFA: What was your next relocation?

I went to the French Consulate in Hong Kong. The then-deputy Consulate General J.P. Montagne consented to my demand right away. He stated, ‘I’ ll do it. I’ll release the visas.’ I lastly saw him once again 2 years back. I asked him, ‘How could you have made that decision immediately?’ He stated, ‘Reverend, if you need to take a leak, do you go ask permission? No, you just go to the restroom. These people’ s lives remain indanger Who Should I ask? Nobody. We need to conserve them. It’s that basic.’

RFA: You wound up committing several years to the reason for the Yellow Bird escapees

As a reverend, I took it upon myself without doubt to care for those on therun I did not ask for it, however when the historic duty fell unto me, at that defining moment, I was contacted us to serve this function, and I did it.

RFA: You’ve just recently gone to a variety of individuals you assisted leave through Hong Kong 31 years ago?

This might be our last time seeing each other. Understanding that they are well, I feel fantastic peace and happiness in me. 30 years have actually passed, and some of them still can’t forget what they had actually seen in Tiananmen Square on that day. In the face of weapon shots and the approaching tanks. Nobody can assist it. This will be a century- long trauma for the Chinese people.

RFA: Former Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kei has actually left the city and re-opened a book shop in Taiwan after he and 4 colleagues were apprehended by Chinese cops for books they offered in Hong Kong. What does this symbolize?

I believe it’s truly unfortunate that somebody needs to leave Hong Kong by doing this. I do not believe Hong Kong is a safe location any longer. Any authoritarian nation would arrest, prison, and assassinate dissidents in the name of national security, or it would simply make the dissidents vanish. Such procedures would produce worry in the society so regarding hinder anybody who looks for justice.

Equated by Minutes Eu.

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