Thursday, 8 September 2016

Eddie Chu Hoi-dick's Fears Assauged for Now

Eddie Chu (in white shirt) with pro-democracy politicians at the police station
Eddie Chu Hoi-dick may be "king of the votes" for garnering over 84,000 votes in Sunday's Legislative Council election, but now the 38-year-old is fearing for his life after "imminent" death threats made against him and his family.

They are so terrified, that he, his wife and daughter haven't been home since Sunday.

Chu was accompanied to the police station with his lawyer
This afternoon, Chu along with Paul Zimmerman, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, and "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung went to police headquarters in Wan Chai to file a report. He also sent letters to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung, seeking assistance.

His request was granted and now Chu and his family are under round-the-clock protection and they are staying in a secret location. His daughter will not be going to school for the time being.

"I have faced threats against myself and my family since I announced my bid for Legco," Chu told the media. "They have escalated into an imminent death threat since I was elected."

Chu is a longtime a grassroots environmental activist, and during his campaign he may have upset some people on issues such as changing the land use in the New Territories and an illegal dumping case in Tin Shui Wai.

Chu (holding bouquet) with his supporters on Monday
He is also promising to take on the powerful Heung Yee Kuk, a statutory advisory body that is supposed to represent villagers' interests, but is widely accused of corruption and anti-environmental practices.

In his election platform, Chu campaigned not only for Hong Kong self determination, but also animal rights, and strong opposition to the "South Lantau Metropolis", that the government wants to develop into a residential and business enclave that could have a massive impact on the environment.

Chu is one extremely brave man and hopefully police protection will help him breathe a bit easier.

But he should also remember over 84,000 people support him and hopefully strength in numbers will help him stand down those making dangerous threats.

Hong Kong is ruled by rule of law, not intimidation.

1 comment:

  1. Chu Hoi Dick is a Hong Kong hero, and has been so for some time. I hope the police give him and his the necessary protection. In doing so, they would get back some of the credibility they've lost in recent years.