Wu’er Kaixi is on China’s most-wanted list. He believes he’s at number one, bumped up a spot after his predecessor was arrested in July 1989. But try as he might, Wu’er, a leader in the Tiananmen Square protests, can’t follow that lead.
Wu’er has attempted to turn himself in four times over the past 25 years but he hasn’t yet succeeded — he believes because China simply doesn’t want to engage in any dialogue about the Tiananmen protests and subsequent massacre.
In 2009 he flew to Macau, but didn’t make it past the airport. In 2010 he tried to enter the Chinese embassy in Toyko, but failed again. In 2013, he endeavored to get himself arrested in Hong Kong. Despite his efforts, the closest he said he has been to the Chinese regime was when he turned up at their embassy in Washington D.C. “They shut down everything — their door, their window, and then when I peeped through their window they shut down their curtains. When I tried to call them they unplugged their phone.”