Lu Decheng (魯德成) and this documentarian had lunch (main dish – Fried Ribs) on May 22nd, 2007. You see, Calgary’s May 22nd lunch time is early May 23rd morning in Beijing which is the 18th anniversary of that faithful day.
The filmmaker chatted with Lu Decheng (魯德成) extensively after lunch on a wide range of subjects before his upcoming international trip to remind the world of what happened on June 4th, 1989 and what are still happening in Chinese prisons at the moment. I will blog about that chat and show some clips when I have time. In the mean time, here is a short clip showing Decheng putting the finishing tounch on our tasty lunch.
P.S. In case you wondered, Decheng is a really good cook and the food were great. (smile)
July 28th, 2007 Update: Please note that the following video is intended to show some images of the portrait of Mao and the news report. The filmmaker may not agree with every points made by the video. For example, the highlighted large text in the video.
This Hong Kong news report (edited but most of it was from TV) is in Chinese but the key thing I want to show is the images of what happened then.
While doing some research for this documentary series, I came across the following recently posted (2007) old June 4, 1996 Charlie Rose interview. Here is the show info (link and emphasis mine),
… on the seventh anniversary of the brutal attack of students by Chinese tanks and soldiers in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Chai Ling, commander-in-chief of the student rebellion, and James Lilley, the U.S. Ambassador to China during the protest, talk about the incident and the PBS Frontline documentary “The Gate of Heavenly Peace“.
There were (and still are) tremendous debates and controversy about the film and what happened at Tiananmen Square. The film also elicited(emphasis mine) “responses from both the Chinese government and leading members of the Chinese exiled dissident movement that are similar in colorful and strident tone of denunciation.”
The life of 43 years old Lu Decheng (魯德成), a Chinese truck driver, was changed forever 18 years ago on 23rd May, 1989 when he and two friends (Yu Dongyue (喻東嶽) and Yu Zijian (余志堅)) threw paint-filled eggs on the portrait of Mao Zedong (Chairman Mao) that hangs over Tiananmen Square in Beijing days before the shockingly sad events. For this act of defiance, Lu was sentenced to 16 years in prison on the charge of counterrevolutionary sabotage and incitement. His two other friends, Yu Dongyue and Yu Zijian (unrelated), were sentenced to 20 years and life in prison respectively.
Since 1989, Lu Decheng has served nine years of Chinese prison (with treatment that were amongst the worst for people involved in the Tiananmen Square protests), experienced years of Chinese government surveillance & harassment and over a year in limbo in Thailand’s detention center. Now, Lu is finally a free man in Canada as a result of an emergency rescue by five generous and proactive Calgarians that sponsored him to come to Canada and the behind-the-scene effort of Canadian politicians and government officials.
A series of raw and short documentaries will be posted in the coming days, weeks, and months to tell the stories of the three young men – Lu Decheng (魯德成), Yu Dongyue (喻東嶽) and Yu Zijian (余志堅), whose lives were forever changed and even destroyed.
Note: Someone actually took the time to count the number of paint splash landed on Mao’s portrait. I have got that number in my notes somewhere. I will update the number in the banner if it is not 19.