Pastor Chu Yiu-ming and eight others on Tuesday has been convicted for crimes in relation for their involvement in the Pro-democracy Occupy Central with Peace and Love Movement and the Umbrella Movement protests, gave his life’s testimony standing in Hong Kong courtroom.
Chu been the leader of the Chai Wan Baptist Church and a pro-democracy advocate – describing how his childhood been difficult, led him to Christ, to a ministry life and finally fighting for human rights, according to Christianity today.
His testimony published in the Hong Kong Free Press says that, “I am a Christian minister committed to the service of God. I have resolved to live a life of friendship with the weak and the poor, praying that God’s justice be manifested on earth as it is in heaven, and that the gospel of love and peace be proclaimed among the people.”
He continued by saying, “But today, old and grey, I find myself in the Defendant’s dock, making a final plea as a convict. It looks so absurd, if not outright shameful for a person holding holy office.
“And yet, at this very moment, my heart tells me that with this defendant’s dock, I have found the most honourable pulpit of my ministerial career. The valley of the shadow of death leads to spiritual heights.”
“We strive for democracy, because democracy strives for freedom, equality and universal love. Political freedom is more than loyalty to the state. It professes human dignity.” said Chu.
He continued, “Every single person living in a community possesses unique potentials and powers, capable of making a contribution to society. Human right is a God-given gift, never to be arbitrarily taken away by any political regime.”
Many in Hong Kong, feared that communism may gradually enter into the region as the she is closer to democracy than mainland China, Christianity Today report.
Christians went to pray for him and the eights others at the Kowloon Union Church, where they first announced the Occupy Central campaign many years ago.
Chu and two others named Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man started the Occupy Central Movement in 2013. The campaign been a non-violent pro-democracy movement that advocates for an electoral system in Hong Kong and universal and equal suffrage. It has stood as a motivating factor for the Umbrella Movement protests which led to the 79-day occupation of Hong Kong by protestors, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Leading to the three found guilty of “conspiracy to commit public nuisance,”
“We have no regrets. We hold no grudges, no anger and no grievances. We do not give up,” Chu proclaimed before the court. “In the words of Jesus, ‘Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; The Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!’ (Matthew 5:10).”
Later this month, Chu still awaits his sentence later this month where up to seven years in prison will be given to him while others may get longer sentence.