WEI JINGSHENG PRESS CONFERENCE STATEMENT
I want to thank the people and governments around the world that have made enormous efforts to press the Chinese government for the release of political prisoners. I would also like to thank friends in the media who have given me this opportunity to freely express my opinions. I have waited decades for this chance to exercise my right to free speech, but the Chinese people have been waiting for centuries. Right now there are several thousand political prisoners still suffering in Chinese Communist Party jails for exercising their freedom of speech. Our conscience as human beings will not allow us to forget them, not even for a single moment.
Democracy and freedom are among the loftiest ideals of humanity, and they
are the most sacred rights of mankind. Generations of martyrs sacrificed
themselves in order to obtain democracy in
Here in this magnificent library today, I would like to enjoy my sacred right to free speech and see what can be done so that more people -- and eventually all of humanity -- can also enjoy this sacred right.
My friends, I will now take your questions!