Translated final messages of the 47 charged democracy supporters, in their own words.
"Today, to be guilty of our common ideals, I am deeply honored. I have received your well-wishes, and I wish everyone fulfillment each day. No matter the situation, fill everyone around you with love and with hope."

"To have a clear conscience, is not to be agreeable, but to be good; to prevent misdeeds from happening."…

"Go peacefully, and be upright - sometimes it's hard to do both, and we can only work hard to practice the latter, and wish for peace in our hearts. History will stand on the side of justice, so sit straight, drink water, and dawn will eventually come."

"Many people probably didn't start thinking about exile until after @nathanlawkc. But for me, I knew by 7/1/19 that the cost of exile was more unbearable for me than anything else."


(cont.) "So a decision that, to you, looks like caging a lion, to me, is a trade off that I am willing to bear. I want peace of mind more than peace, and the two are sometimes opposites. I wish that you all may find peace of mind, and then, to press forward."
"Do not feel demoralized, this road is our own. It is for Hong Kong people to choose together, it is the one we must walk together. History has no turn back points, only predecessors."

(Sorry in advance for some imperfect translations)
"If tomorrow I am no longer able to resist the oppression of totalitarianism, I will practice well, and hope to be a person who can find peace in my heart one day. But I'm crying, because I still have so much," (cont.)

(cont.) "...and am so happy, which is why I'm resistant and sad. People in the mountains are self-righteous, but the road there is full of danger. Thank you for your concern. If I am remanded, I hope that when I come out, you will all still be there, continuing to endure."
"Remember to pay attention to the nameless brothers, to the Hong Kongers sent to China, relatives and friends. This land needs your support more than ever, remember not to bury your conscience, remember to come back to fight."

"Take care of Tin Wan for me and for yourselves, please. 🙂 I love you all."

Regarding the primary: "We can't talk in terms of having or not having regrets. Since it was our choice and the choice of the Hong Kong people, there is no reason to turn back."…
"I have no fears, facing up to difficulties, I have hoped to demonstrate the strength of the wind. Respect yourselves! Remember your original intentions, no matter what may suppress them, be safe, and take care!"

"Maybe I'll be walking back out here in a little bit."…

"Continue to hold on. Remember the reasons why we chose to stand out."…

Kwok Ka-ki, 郭家麒, 59

"In the face of constant suppression and entering this political winter, we can only rely on mutual support and care, and work hard amid adversity. Prison can isolate us, but it cannot prevent us from communicating with each other and taking... (cont.)
(cont.) care of each other; iron chains can lock up our bodies but it cannot lock up our minds and souls. Stay calm and carry on. This too shall pass!"
"To the very edge, you must stick to your ideals. The pursuit of a better society and the pursuit of democracy will never die, the labor movement will endure forever."

No matter the absurdity that they face, Hong Kongers must live well and live in the truth. I am proud to be a Hong Konger, I have no regrets. If anyone in North Point needs help, please contact during office hours... (cont.)

(cont.) The office of Lee Yue-shun will serve until the very last moment."
Hiu-yan, this time it's my turn to say goodbye to you. The first time "May Glory Be to Hong Kong" was played here, was in a memorial for another frontline victim. Might tonight be the last time it's played? I hope everyone will not forget... (cont.)

Hiu-yan & all the other sacrificed kids of the same age. I'm so glad to have gotten to know so many brothers, I will definitely think of you :) I hope you all live well. I wish you peace. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (Timothy 4:7)

"The National Security Law is without basis in law or heaven, release all political prisoners."

(If nothing else, you have to admire this man's consistency.)

“Whether we are in the streets, in prison or overseas, hope will always be needed for us to keep fighting this endless battle...Good luck to all of you out there.”

"I'm not labelling this 'my final post' because I still believe that I'll see you all tonight. Life doesn't turn out how we intend, misfortune happens all the time. To live a life of peace, first you must have inner peace!"

"Only in the evening did I realize the glasses I wear can't be worn in custody. Fortunately, there's a spectacle company that provides service within an hour. I rushed to choose my first ever pair of fibreglass glasses... (cont.)

(cont.) which are much lighter than my current pair. But by myopia is deep, and it was kind of expensive to choose the thinnest fiber lens. (The current glass lenses are new, they hurt...) After going home to have dinner with my mother to celebrate her birthday, I think… (cont.)
(cont.) I ended up worrying my family. No matter what, we don't forget our original ideals, and I hope you all face them bravely."
With a clear mind, you have your own justice
Fight hard and to the end
I do not fear my own affairs
I only fear that there will be nobody to replace me

"Perhaps in the afternoon you won't see the blue sky. Time is limited so I have to say my goodbyes in a hurry but I hope there will be time later. 'I may never see the world again!' I thought of the familiar words by the great Turkish writer Ahmet Altan."

"Things happen in a hurry, so I'm very grateful to friends from all sides for their ready support. Today I have my two cats by my side (a handful of cat hair), so I am calm, please be rest assured, I have enough courage to face what may come."

"I have been comforting my family for several days. The most important thing is that I did nothing wrong and I did nothing illegal, so even if I will be prosecuted or imprisoned, in the end, my conscience is clear."

"Last week, I presided over the meeting of the Environmental Committee, which may be the last time I appear in the District Council chamber. My original intention in politics was to bring environmental protection into Hong Kong's political agenda. (cont.)

(cont.) The road to environmental protection, democracy, and freedom, is equally rugged in Hong Kong, and I have tried my best, and I am grateful to all of you for your company. I have already had friends and volunteers by my side. Now that my career of a councillor is… (cont.)
…almost over, many things are out of control. One can only be upright and honest, and never forget your original ideals and maintain a clear conscience. For our love of Hong Kong, we sweat together, laugh together, and shout together. Endure, everyone, we are all Hong Kongers!"
That's all I have for now. Welcome additional submissions / your feedback.

I started this thread while feeling despondent, but in their words found reason for hope. I hope you do too.

"No matter the absurdity that we face, live well and live in the truth."

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