A Letter from Lee Ching-yu, wife of Lee Ming-che, to Taiwanese People (Please refer to the buttom for English version)
李明哲妻 李凈瑜 20170410
As of today (4/10) Lee Ming-che has been detained for twenty-three days. Even though I have struggled to bear my grief, even though many friends among human rights groups and NGOs have come to support me, even though I have prepared myself for the worst when it comes to the Chinese government’s abominable legal system, even though I had already planned for my refusal to board a plane to Beijing, yet despite all this, I was completely broken when I encountered the Chinese government’s flagrant and disgusting tactics.
I am shocked, not just by the fact that the Chinese government resembles a group of kidnappers, like the broker said, but also by my country’s Cross-Strait Exchange Foundation and Chinese security agencies lack of any measure to serve as brokers in each other’s eyes. If I bypass the government’s conditions to accept a broker, I am selling out Taiwan’s dignity.
I recognize this, and I am exhausted.
My husband Mr. Lee Ming-che is missing. My mother is recuperating from breast cancer surgery, and my aged parents-in-law are panicking. I recognize that I am alone, so very alone, and weak.
I ask the outside world to permit me a day or two of rest to recover my strength. I am telling you that I will take to my feet again. I will not implore aid from strong forces. I must continue to fight just like the sages and martyrs from Taiwan’s history. I will not allow my husband to lose his honor in exchange for freedom to live like a dog. China is powerful. It can take our lives and freedom, but it will never crush our dignity.