但他其後選擇留在國內抗爭，⽀援天安門母親尋找真相，創辦筆會捍衛獨立寫作，發起零八憲章奠定反對綱領，並⾃始⾄終筆耕不斷。他在極其艱難的環境下，持續抗爭了近三十年，出入牢獄多次仍堅守立場，⾄死⽅休。不，甚⾄是⾄死，他也在觸發著新的抗爭，啟廸著民主路上的後來者 — 就如他啟發著我⼀樣。
2021 年 7 月
In memory of Liu Xiaobo
It has been 4 years since Xiaobo left us.
Four turbulent years as they have been, but who would have imagined that we too could be this close to being the political prisoners, be jailed for writings and expressions, so much so that I now have to deliver this article from the detention centre.
But it is precisely at a time like this that Xiaobo's thoughts and experiences are all the more important for us.
When Xiaobo was in prison for the first time, he was a few years younger than I am now. What he had to face at the time was the suppression with real bullets, with his comrades being killed and with felonies subjected to death penalty. The beleaguerment was state-engineered and the dread he had to stand up against should have been way bigger than what we now face.
But after all, he chose to stay behind in the country to continue with the struggles. He supported the Tiananmen Mothers in their pursuit of the truth. He founded the Pen Club to defend independent writing. He initiated the 08 Charter, laid the premises of resistance and he wrote persistently all along. He had insisted for almost 30 years under the extremely difficult circumstances. He was imprisoned multiple times, but until the day he died, he had never compromised his principles. Even his death has inspired new struggles and encouraged the newcomers, just as he has enlightened me, in the pursuit of democracy.
Hong Kong has undoubtedly entered a new and more severe era of national security. But we are far from being in the final chapter. Quite on the contrary, this is just the beginning of a new epoch of struggles. We need all those who stay to explore the space for actions, and to stay steadfast for what is right, just like how Xiaobo has guarded and maintained the exuberance of the democracy movement in China, without it being reduced to a rootless game of the international powers.
Resist with obstinacy. No back down. No retreat.
There may still be a long way to go. Perhaps more people will have to scarify, suffer, and be forgotten. Perhaps we may not be able to witness the end of the one-party rule – but why should it matter? On the road to democracy, our forerunners like Xiaobo have never been distracted by issues of this kind. They just paved the way for us with their exceptional courage and perseverance.
We should not let down our forerunners for what they have paid. We should not let down our fellow brothers and sisters who are imprisoned, in exile and those who have sacrificed. It should be our turn to take over the struggles. As long as we do not give up, we can always open up new possibilities.