søndag 24. mai 2020

'I won’t allow this to be the end of Hong Kong': campaigner on his long fight for democracy

When Martin Lee arrived in Hong Kong from China with his parents in 1949, he was just 11. Lee’s father, Li Yin-wo, was a general in the Nationalist party who fought against the Japanese during the second world war. After his party was defeated by the Communist party in the civil war, instead of fleeing to Taiwan like most of his army colleagues, he brought his family to Hong Kong, where he became a schoolteacher.

Years later, Lee’s father told him he had chosen to come to the British colony because it was a safe haven for his children and he wanted to avoid being involved with either party. He did not want to continue serving the corrupt Nationalist government, nor stay in China to serve the Communist government, which he did not trust. Zhou Enlai, the first premier of Communist China, who knew Li when both were students in France, repeatedly invited him back to China, but Li declined.