21-year-old university, yet another disillusioned anti-extradition protestor has jumped to her death in Hong Kong.ess than 24 hours after the death of a
This would be the third suicide connected to the anti-extradition protest movement.
Zhita Wu, a 29-year-old clerk in a notary office and a former kindergarten teacher, jumped from a footbridge connecting IFC and Hong Kong Station at around 3 pm on Sunday.
After she fell on the carriageway of Man Cheung Street and lost consciousness, security guards immediately put traffic cones around her to prevent vehicles from running over her.
She was rushed to the hospital by paramedics but certified dead at 8:16 pm.
The woman allegedly left a suicide message on her social media account with the following words: pic.twitter.com/yNC8EOKFu2
— madeinhomekong (@madeinhomekong) June 30, 2019
“I feel that there is no tomorrow”
Friends say Wu had always been an optimistic person, but recent disillusionment with the government had led her to join mass protests in Hong Kong on June 6 and June 16.
Before Wu made the fateful jump, she is understood to have made a final call to her boyfriend to sort out her affairs.
She then made her final post to her Facebook account, apologising to friends that she wouldn’t be able to join them in the protest on July 1, the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty.
Her note has been translated into English by Hong Kong blogDimsum Daily:
Hong Kong, Add Oil.
I wish I could see you all achieve victory in the end. I am sorry I can’t attend the march tomorrow on 1st July because I have given up completely. I feel that there is no tomorrow. I am tired, I don’t want to fight for tomorrow anymore…
I think i would be marginalised by the society, just like a tree branch, floating in the river instead of blossoming on a tree.
Thank you to everyone who has loved me and to those people I have met in my life.
To my parents, Francis and Chao Chao:
Francis, please ask the bank to distribute my savings in my bank account in three portions to all of you. Thank you. Please live well and chase your dreams. I have completed all my wishes. This is probably my fate. I don’t think I will become better… I don’t think I will have better opportunity or more time and I don’t appreciate what I have. I am tired and I am sorry, I know I am selfish.
I would like to donate my organs after I have passed away. Thank you and goodbye.
Wu’s death comes two weeks after a 35-year-old man by the name of Marco Leung jumped off the scaffolding of a mall in Admiralty in a yellow raincoat in the first suicide by an anti-extradition bill protestor.
A 21-year-old university studentLo Hiu-yan followed suit on June 29, leaving a note scribbled in red on the wall of a staircase landing of a building in Fanling before jumping off.
Psychiatrists, sociologists and protest leaders have been sounding the alarm about the possibility of an epidemic of copy-cat suicides.
According to a clinical psychologist quoted by Apple Daily, people suffering from depression or emotional trauma may be especially vulnerable to self-harm if triggered by reports they read in the press or social media.
During this time, Hongkongers should be especially vigilant about friends and loved ones appearing to be leaving their final wishes or making arrangements for their own death, she said.
Once these tell-tale signs are detected, it is important to let the individual empty themselves out by giving them an listening ear and by seeking professional help, she added.
In aheartfelt message that was widely shared, Hong kong legislator Roy Kwong emphasized how it was of utmost importance that all protestors return home safe and south.
“I know that you are hurting, I understand, because I’m just like you, hurting deep down inside but failing to find the words to sooth it,” he wrote.
“But we absolutely cannot accept anything else happening to any one of our comrades any more. Promise us, that you’ll take good care of yourselves, okay?”
“We are all one body, but we are not one person,” he added.
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help in Hong Kong: The Samaritans 2896 0000 [24 hours in English and Chinese]