|Benny Tai during his interview.|
|Tai and other Occupy Central leaders 1 Oct 2017|
As for his own plight, he has decided to be over careful, and not keep documents that would identify others since he is charged with an open-ended conspiracy count. As for preparing for prison, he has kept calm and says that in the event he is convicted over charges relating to leading the 2014 civil disobedience he will issue a call internationally asking law faculty to write to the Dean of the HKU Law Faculty detailing how their particular countries will deal with law faculty who are sent to prison. Will his job be at stake? In the event a tribunal is sent up to consider it at HKU, he appears hopeful. (At the same time he dismisses current efforts by pro-Beijing elements to get him fired right now.)
In fact he says his lawyer took on his case only because the latter expected to win it, not to lose it. Could it be his lawyer is more optimistic than he is? In any case, he seems prepared to spend months in prison, as Hong Kong increasingly heads down an authoritarian path.
1 Oct 2017 demo vs authoritarianism, animated
The interview is available in audio (some 40+ minutes). It was was conducted by Subversity Show Online host Daniel C. Tsang. Images, audio and text, © Copyright Daniel C. Tsang.