Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator “Bottle” Shiu Ka-chun established Wall-fare, an online community platform where people can voice their concern and show support for the imprisoned Hong Kong activists. Shiu set up the organization in April, and he believes its his special calling to help the pro-democracy protesters, he told The Epoch Times.
“Too often, they enlightened me, they lightened me, and encouraged me.” Shiu calls the youth protesters “Shou-zu” in Chinese, which means “hands and feet” who encourage and support each other.
In July this year, Shiu was dismissed as a lecturer in the department of social work of Hong Kong Baptist University without warning. The decision was made after Shiu served nearly six months in prison last year for his role in the 2014 Occupy movement.
At the end of this month, his term as a member of the Legislative Council will expire, and his stay in the Provisional Legislative Council in the next year will be decided by polls. Regardless of whats ahead, Shiu is determined to continue his work at the Wall-fare. “The issue of prison rights will not end because of the end of my term,” he told The Epoch Times.
In the past four years, Shiu has officially visited 200 imprisoned protesters. He said that about 100 protesters are currently detained or serving their sentences in prison. Before being sentenced, they were detained in seven institutions in Hong Kong, such as Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre, Stanley Prison, Tai Lam Correctional Institution, and Lo Wu Correctional Institution in Sheung Shui.
The youngest protesters Shiu visited in prison were 16 and 17 years old; and the oldest ones were in their 70s, including 74-year-old “brother Sam” who was convicted of rioting in the 2016 Mong Kok incident and was released from prison last month.
Shiu said that 30-40 percent of young protesters have a university degree, the highest being a masters degree; and some are preparing for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education. “They are the future of Hong Kong.”
“They are very strong, and they believe that they are sacrificing themselves for the common good. They have no regrets about their struggles.” Shiu said: “The thing that touches me most is that they often ask us not to pay too much attention to them, instead, they ask us to look out for the others.”
Shius father was a blue-collar worker at the Kowloon Motor Bus Company. Being a social worker and coming from a humble background, Shiu is concerned about protesters who live at the bottom of society or encounter difficulties in life. “In fact, many Shou-zu have had their own problems. Its not like they have solved the problems in life and then joined in social movements. They have many problems in their families, but they carry on with their lives so they can participate in the movements,” he said.
An Inspiration: Activist With Special Needs
Fatzai, who turns 32 this year, has a learning disability. He attended the Occupy movement in 2014 and at present, hes been to the pro-democracy rallies. After being arrested at one of the protests, he was detained in Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre. Through visits, Shiu learned that he came from a broken family and supports himself with two part-time jobs. One of Fatzais jobs as a cleaner caused severe varicose veins on his right calf. “He is usually working nonstop. He doesnt go home, just sleeps on the street,” Shiu said.
During one visit, Fatzai pulled down his face mask to show Shiu that he lost a row of front teeth after being beaten by the Hong Kong police. Upon seeing this, Shiu couldnt hold back his tears and began to cry, “He comforted me in turn, telling me not to cry.”
One time, Fatzai went to court with a pair of slippers. Shiu worried that the judge wouldnt take him seriously and may interpret his actions as expressing contempt for the court. Fatzai explained that he was immediately imprisoned after going to court last time, and everything on his body was confiscated. “He was afraid that his only pair of sneakers would be confiscated, so he could only wear a pair of slippers,” Shiu said.
After Shiu shared Fatzais story on Wall-fares Facebook page, he received a lot of comments from Hongkongers, willing to donate money to help Fatzai buy a new pair of sneakers. On Sept. 3, Shiu uploaded a photo of Fatzai wearing new shoes. On the same day, Shiu took Fatzai out to eat and they ordered a meal of sirloin rice for HK$56 ($7.20).
During the meal, Fatzai asked Shiu, “Are the shoes too expensive?” Shiu responded, “Dont worry! Its not expensive, just make sure you eat enough .. many people wanted to give you a pair of comfortable shoes.”
“He is a very well-behaved child with special needs. He also participates in the protests, and he also faces police violence. This is Shou-zu. Shou-zus are like this. On the one hand, they really want this movement to succeed so Hong Kong will have real democracy. But on the other hand, they suffer a lot, a lot.”
With the support of many social workers and the barrister Linda Wong, Fatzai was released on bail and placed in a hospital. He also received dental care.
“There are many other inspirational stories about Shou-zu,” Shiu said.
The Flying Needle: Inhumane Practice of Prison Hospitals
Shiu told The Epoch Times about the “flying needle” injection procedure at prison hospitals that some protesters encountered.
A protester, who is also an artist, is currently imprisoned in the maximum-security Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre (SLPC). On Sept. 3, Shiu visited the painter in prison. He learned that the painter received two injections (sedatives) on the evening of Aug. 20.
The injection, dubbed the “flying needle,” contains a tranquilizer. After being injected, the painter became unconscious. Shiu learned that the prison authorities did not follow the normal procedures and performed the injections without a doctors order.
“I asked the Chief Director of the Correctional Services Department to explain to me why he [painter] was given two injections in such a short time. Where was the doctor at the time? Did the doctor approve it?” Shiu also wrote to the senior supervisor of SLPC, demanding answers.
Shiu received a response from the institution: “All medicines come with a doctors prescription.”
Shiu called on the media and Hong Kong people to pay attention to the painters case. He said, “The prison is a very closed environment, and the hospital inside the prison is a more enclosed place.”
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