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The 2019 Citizen Power Awards：the Hong Kong Tank Man
Presenting Script and Acceptance Speech
Oct. 21, 2019，Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, USA
Presenting Script by Jianli Yang
On the night of Aug. 25, 2019, on Hong Kong streets, peaceful demonstrators were clutching umbrellas — a symbol of the ongoing resistance movement — and being ordered back by the police. At one point, an officer fired off a warning shot into the air. It was the first time police used weapons with live ammunition to deter the crowds.
Photos and videos captured the image of an unarmed Hong Kong protester, later known to be 42-year old pastor Anthony, who out of natural instinct, jumped in front of the police officers who were drawing their guns on the crowd. “Don’t open fire! Don’t shoot them” he cried, holding both hands high in the air. Later, he faced off with an officer who was pointing her gun at him as he continued yelling, “Don’t open fire”.
The man, reminding the entire world of the iconic “Tank Man” from the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, has since become a symbol of bravery and loving kindness for the Hong Kong protesters and, indeed, for many around the world.
We believe that Anthony, the Hong Kong Tank Man, best represents the spirit of the people of Hong Kong. It is for his bravery, compassion, and spirit of self-sacrifice embodied in his genuine heroic deed on the night of Aug. 25, 2019, that we respectfully honor him with our 2019 Citizen Power Award.
Acceptance Speech by Anthony
(Read by Sunny Cheung from IAD，translated by Liping Wang)
Thank you so much for this award. Nobody has ever thought that I, an ordinary citizen, could be recognized on the international stage. It’s hard to imagine that Hong Kong, which has always been peaceful and prosperous, would experience such tears, violence, injustice and grief. It’s also unbelievable that Hong Kong people have shown the indomitable perseverance, persistence, and practice in the anti-extradition bill protests. Hong Kong people are really amazing! I would like to dedicate all the praise and honor of this award to every citizen in Hong Kong and dedicate all glory and praise to the God who gives me courage and strength. Finally, I am more than willing to accept this award as a reminder to all, whatever your situation is, that you should treat people with kindness and act with the principles of love and peace. Go Hong Kong people!