Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Bookseller Free from Police Protection

After almost three months, Lam is now free from police protection
Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee is a free man -- well free from the shackles of round-the-clock police protection.

He had asked for it in early July when he felt people were following him since he came back to the city in June.

But now he believes the worst is over and says it's time to live a normal life again.

Lam was one of five booksellers who had been kidnapped when he crossed the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. He was detained for several months and then came back to the city, because his minders wanted him to collect the hard disk from the bookstore that contained the names of people who had bought the salacious books about senior Chinese officials.

He told the media about his kidnapping and detention in China
However, Lam changed his mind and decided to go public with his plight, revealing his experiences of being detained in the mainland and how his minders received orders straight from the top.

It was then that he believed his safety was compromised and lived in a secret location. But now he's tired of it, and perhaps because the Legislative Council elections are over that Lam feels he should be OK now.

Or is he?

"I can't live a normal life under round-the-clock protection. I had to stay at the flat all the time and so I don't have the freedom to walk around," he said. "Now that the incident [abduction] has started to die down, I want to live a normal life again."

Lam promises to protest against injustices when they happen
The police had given him a phone and were in contact with him daily to make sure he was safe. Now that 24-hour protection has been withdrawn, they will be in touch with him once a week.

Now that he is basically a free man, Lam vows to continue taking part in social movements and urged others to do the same.

"I will do what every Hongkonger should do, and that is to come out at times of injustice," he said. "I will come out and fulfill my responsibility as a Hong Kong citizen because I have a responsibility to help the next generation.

"One or two years later, I hope that Hong Kong will still be a place where we can all enjoy the freedom of speech."

Is he saying we won't have freedom of speech much longer?!

Does he know something we don't?

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