Hong Kong bookseller abducted by China vows to reopen shop in Taiwan

Lam Wing-kee plans to open an offshoot of Causeway Bay Books in self-governed Taiwan as a ‘symbol of resistance’

The Guardian
Date: Monday 8 May 2017
By: Nicola Smith in Taipei

Lam Wing-kee was one of five Hong Kong booksellers abducted by China in 2015 – he was detained for eight months. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

One of the five Hong Kong booksellers abducted by China in 2015 for running an independent bookstore selling politically sensitive books has vowed to reopen his shop in neighbouring democratic Taiwan.

Lam Wing-kee, 62, who was detained in China for eight months, told Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review that he planned to open Causeway Bay Books in self-governed Taiwan as a “symbol of resistance”.

“Hong Kong’s protection for the fourth estate is just incomparable with [that of] Taiwan,” he said.

The former Causeway manager said the store, which was known for selling books critical of Chinese leaders, was scheduled to open in the second half of the year and would be funded by anonymous pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong.

“It’s 90% for sure now. The only thing is to find the right people and place,” he said, adding that he would serve as an adviser and not run day-to-day operations. He has previously pledged to stay in Hong Kong to “fight for democratic changes”.    [FULL  STORY]

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