Hu Yaobang

Szeto Wah faces up to more cancer treatment

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 May, 2010, 12:00am

Doctors will decide whether veteran Democrat Szeto Wah, who is battling lung cancer, will need to start electrotherapy next month after he attends events marking the 21st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Szeto, who heads the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said despite feeling better after completing chemotherapy, his body's cancer index was still slightly higher than a safe level. 'At present, I am feeling quite well and have put on weight. But that has given me some nasty back pain.'

After five chemotherapy sessions, his cancer index dropped from 40 to nine - but Szeto said it was still above the safe level of five.

He vowed to continue a two-decade fight to vindicate those who were killed during the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing in 1989.

'People ask whether I will live to see the vindication for June 4. I say it is a natural process for all autocratic regimes to be toppled but this will not happen just because of a change of top Beijing leaders. The people have to fight for it,' Szeto said.

He said Premier Wen Jiabao's recently eulogy for late party secretary Hu Yaobang was a start, and vindication for June 1 would come by 2023 when the next leadership completed its two five-year terms.

Szeto said of the annual candle-light vigil in Victoria Park, 'the most important thing is that people in Hong Kong remember and persevere'.