At the behest of Beijing (we can be sure), Hong Kong’s Justice Dept is inviting the courts to concede that the ‘executive-led’ system overrides separation of powers. This would probably mean the government can use emergency laws to ban the wearing of masks (or curb the people’s rights in any way it wants) without oversight from the legislative or judicial branches.
After the ‘learned judges’ overruled the emergency-laws mask ban as unconstitutional, the government appealed, and they suspended the ruling for a week. They have now extended that for another week via an ‘interim interim temporary suspension order’. Beijing’s officials behind the scenes must smell spinelessness.
I declare the weekend open with the usual exciting links…
More on the District Council elections. A spirited account from Vivienne Chow, who wonders whether history will remember Carrie Lam for achieving the impossible: uniting Hongkongers. Atlantic buries the ‘silent majority’. SCMP does an in-depth look into why people voted against the government (hint: they hate it). For cartography freaks, a map of Hong Kong showing only the areas that voted pro-government – the rest under a rising sea of resistance. And some protest-art at the far heart-breaking end of the scale.
Alvin Cheung has a go at oh-so sophisticated US commentators who (pretty much) side with Beijing against the Hong Kong people.
Peter Humphrey, who knows what is talking about, discusses the televised forced confession of Simon Cheng.
The Diplomat on why Beijing’s approach to Hong Kong is so messed up (in case you didn’t know).
The CCP is censoring Chinese Americans on social media, surprise.
For history fans, a comparison of Elizabeth I and the Ming empress Xiaozhuang (their reigns were 10 years apart). Lizzie had much flashier clothes, for a start.
And Taiwan as a beacon for the Hong Kong protest movement…
Pro-democracy supporters see in Taiwan a fully developed Asian democracy that practices the democratic ideals and values for which they are fighting: freedom of speech, a free press, a vibrant civil society, and universal suffrage.
(Looking forward to a visit to Taichung in a few weeks.)