Danish politician Anders Storgaard revealed on his Facebook page on Tuesday (8 Dec) that he and other Danish politicians, including the country’s former prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen had fabricated a fake meeting programme to help former Hong Kong opposition lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung flee from his city.
Prior to this, Mr Hui, who is out on bail for his offences relating to the huge anti-government protests in July last year had reportedly visited Copenhagen, Denmark last week for a climate change conference.
Last Thursday (3 Dec), three-day after his visit, he announced that he was currently in exile and would not return to Hong Kong temporarily, while adding that he will also quit the Democratic Party.
It was only later revealed by Mr Storgaard, who is also the former chairman of Denmark’s Conservative People’s Party youth committee about the exile plan of Mr Hui and how he organised the plan with the help from the Danish politicians, climate organisations and think tanks.
According to Mr Storgaard, he met with Mr Hui in Denmark since February this year and had been kept in touch since then.
In his post, he described how his impression of Mr Hui when he protested on the street of Hong Kong, advocating the city’s independence.
“In Hong Kong he is known as “The Brave & Wise, Ted Hui” by the protesters and with good reason. Because although he was a respected elected politician, he always stood at the front when Democrats walked the streets and stood between them and the fighting-dressed police – they had to beat young people, then they had to beat him first. And when they tore his mask off to spray him with pepper spray, he turned his head back to be sprayed again.”
He said that he was shocked after he found out on 28 Aug that Mr Hui was arrested by the authorities due to the pro-democracy protests.
Mr Storgaard went on to say that Mr Hui messaged him on 14 September, telling him that his passport was being held by the court though he had temporarily released bail.
He told Mr Storgaard that the only way to get his passport back was due to “an important visit as a parliamentarian” for him to travel out to talk about something harmless to the regime such as climate or United Nation’s world goals.
Mr Storgaard then agreed to help him when he asked for help.
The Danish politician also highlighted that throughout the discussion with Mr Hui about the writing, they did not discuss that the goal was to escape, but he realised “it was most likely”.
“Why would a man who is used to risking his life take a nice trip to DK [Denmark] and then return home, while the regime tried to put him in jail and throw away the key? It seemed unlikely. In our encrypted messages over Whatsapp, a lot was said between the lines but never directly.”
He said he sought help from Thomas Rohden, chairman of the Danish China Critical Society who helped him to set an “unofficial program” with media and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former prime minister of Denmark and former secretary-general of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
On 6 Nov, Mr Storgaard sent his first letter for Mr Hui to come to Denmark in the last week of November and the court has allowed it.
However, the thing was not going as planned as a new letter has to be sent since the entire democratic opposition in Hong Kong resigned from parliament on 12 Nov due to the regime.
Furthermore, Mr Hui had been arrested by the Hong Kong police again and disallowed to leave the city in the end of November.
“Once again we had to go through the mill to move the meeting and once again it went through after a huge close trial in HK, but now Hong Kong police suddenly asked for a detailed official program in an official order 4 days before departure. I was having a heart attack.
“But in a few hours, Thomas, Uffe Elbæk (who we called for help) and I put a almost completely fake tire program with many Danish politicians, climate organizations and think tanks in their place with their consent.”
On 30 Nov, when Mr Hui sat on a plane heading towards Qatar, he then only “felt safe enough to send him the real meeting plan” and Mr Hui was “happy, relieved and turns out we had the same plan”, Mr Storgaard said.
But he expressed that “it was quickly replaced by concern” when he was told by Mr Hui that his family would only reach out at night on 2 Dec – “a drama that together with the crazy days he was here will probably be covered by future documentaries that have followed us”.
Mr Hui is now safely staying in United Kingdom with his wife and his two daughters, he added.
Noting that he has received “a massive amount of sweet messages” from Mr Hui in recent days, Mr Storgaard revealed that he also knew “there are a few in the political world who think what I’ve done isn’t ′′proper′′ and that it doesn’t suit someone from a government-bearing party.”
Speaking about his thought on helping Mr Hui flee from his city, he asserted that “this is one of the things I’ve done in my life that I’m most proud of” and that he takes it “as a huge brand of honor” when China’s official condemnation of those who have been behind the plan.
Dear CCP. Thank you for the Medal of Honor. Your a Superpower – how pathetic to be tricked by two youngsters and a couple of fake letters.
— Anders Storgaard (@Storgaaard) December 4, 2020