“We are all Lam Wing-kee,” said a banner hung on Beacon Hill by the League of Social Democrats on Monday morning in support of the recently returned bookseller.

It was the third time the pro-democracy political party has placed similar banners on the hill in a month.

The party said that the banner was intended to tell Hong Kong people its wish: “Wish we can all be Lam Wing-kee, to be unbending, to resist [tyranny] and be strong.”

Lam, a founder and manager of Causeway Bay Books, went missing last October in Shenzhen.

He returned to Hong Kong last week and held a surprise press conference, saying that he was kidnapped by a Chinese special investigation unit looking into the bookstore’s “illegal operation” in sending “banned” books to the mainland. Lam said he had done nothing wrong as the book posting was legal in Hong Kong, and he was kept in solitary confinement without access to lawyers or outside communication.

Lam was ordered by the unit to bring a hard drive containing the bookstore’s customer list back to the mainland.

Lam Wing-kee. Photo: Gene Lin/HKFP.

The bookstore’s four other booksellers also went missing, with British national Lee Bo apparently kidnapped from Hong Kong. Around 6,000 Hong Kong people marched for their freedom in January.

Lam claimed that the march touched him, and he decided to turn back at the Kowloon Tong MTR station, on the way to mainland.

The party called for an explanation for cross-border kidnapping, the release of all people in custody, the cancellation of political censorship on freedom of speech and publication freedom, and the replacement of one-party rule by universal suffrage in China.

The party also said that the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department had asked it to provide information to assist in an investigation of the banners hung illegally in country parks, and the new banner was its response.

Firefighters removed the banner at around 9:40am.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.