Fearing a loss of business, Maxims Cakes get whiny about how the
late founder’s 71-year-old pro-Beijing daughter isn’t on the management. Funny how, when profits are at stake, their principles of patriotism and filial respect suddenly become as flaccid as their nasty little sponges. And chocolate addicts’ haven Best Mart 360 feels a need to deny it has triad ties.
If Hong Kong companies notice that their CCP-shoe-shining can cost them, might the government finally realize that police tactics are boosting sympathy and support for protesters? Since Beijing has effectively bound and gagged the local administration, our officials have little scope to indicate either way. But, if you have an ultra-sensitive ear for between-the-lines wavering, you might detect some tiny traces.
They are: some brief comments (partly covered here) from Carrie Lam faintly implying some distance between herself and the cops; a slight suggestion of backtracking by police on whether the infamous ‘yellow object’ they were filmed kicking might in fact be a human; and a few mutterings in establishment circles about how the police complaints system needs more credibility. It’s not a lot – but what did you expect?
Just on the off-chance officials might find a way to start calming things, the trials of 44 people accused of riot and other politically charged offences begin today – to make sure the situation stays at boiling point. Beijing’s leaders are supposed to be trained in scientific-style Marxist theories of history. Yet it seems they have not learned the obvious lessons from 2014 and the subsequent political trials and imprisonment of Joshua Wong, Benny Tai, et al. It’s just crush, crush, crush, and repeat as necessary.
And it gets better: according to a report, Beijing’s Office of Southern Barbarian Affairs is insisting on dredging up the much-loathed ‘National Education’ brainwashing of kids in schools. Bring it on…