Hong Kong magnate Jimmy Lai, who was arrested on Monday in a raid on the local Apple Daily media that he owns, denounced this Wednesday after his release that he was a victim of political persecution while warning the Chinese authorities that that these measures will only serve to fuel protests in Hong Kong.
Lai was arrested at his home when police raided Apple Daily headquarters to arrest eight other people, including two of the local businessman’s sons.
“You are trying to threaten my children and our colleagues,” he said in a statement made in the Hong Kong newspaper Wednesday after it was published Tuesday evening. The Chinese authorities want to “exterminate nine generations of my family clan,” he added, referring to the maximum penalty used in ancient China.
Lai has confessed that during those hours he was arrested, he was considering doing the same thing again and has come to the conclusion that he would. “A person’s character defines their fate and I believe that this is the fate I have chosen,” said Apple Daily, according to its own reports.