Goddess of Democracy
One of the station's founders, Wu'er Kaixi said, "On the waves of the first free Chinese radio everyone will speak." The station's ship had been re-
The project had been sponsored by the Chinese business community around the world (including substantial amounts from Hong Kong) together with the French magazine Actuel, and the British magazine The Face. Wu'er Kaixi was one of the student leaders in Tiananmen Square during the anti-
It was planned that, after a six week voyage from La Rochelle in France, the station would begin transmitting music, interviews and anti-
The Goddess of Democracy arrived in the Northern Taiwan port of Keelung on 13th May 1990. Here it was planned to take on supplies and transmitting equipment, but the authorities refused to allow members of the project to board the ship or for the transmitter to be loaded. On 15th May 1990, the Bangkok Post reported that the Taiwanese Ministry of Defence had placed an armed guard on the ship plus a dozen police.
Authorities in mainland China had warned Taiwan of ‘serious consequences’ if it allowed the ship to begin transmissions from within its territory and there were reports of an unidentified (presumably Chinese) submarine stationed off the coast of Taiwan. One of the project organisers, Jean Francois Bizot, criticised the Taiwanese for going back on ‘secret agreements’ (to allow broadcasts).
By the end of the week the project was in disarray, the transmitter was impounded, the crew were threatening mutinity over unpaid wages and debts mounting. Attempts to have broadcasting equipment fitted in Japan came to nothing, and the ship was abandoned in Taiwan amid claims of unpaid bills.
The Goddess of Democracy was subsequently purchased by a Taiwanese businessman, Wu Meng-
The Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) asked the semi-
The Kaohsiung Harbour Administration then asked the MAC to seek an agreement with Wu Meng-
Eventually in March 2003 Wu Meng -
In September 2003 scrapping of the radio ship Goddess of Democracy began and was expected to take about two months. Wu Meng-
Goddess of Democracy