For a couple of weeks after the District Council elections, and the appointment of a new Commissioner, it seemed the Hong Kong Police were sort-of mellowing out. But they returned to mall-rampaging/‘hardcore protesters smashing glass panels’ and rounding up kids on tear-gas-filled streets over the weekend, so maybe it was just a pause for breath.
Or maybe they had been busy with their curious rapid succession of multiple exciting terrorist weapons finds. Here’s a discussion on this, and here’s another, mentioning how it all looks rather too neat and easy and not-hugely-convincing. There is something unreal about how the authorities themselves seem unmoved about what is purportedly a possible campaign of mass-slaughter in the making.
On the subject of ‘neat, easy, and not-convincing’, we should also mention another recent development: the HK Police’s new-look cool-and-hip Twitter presence. If a PR company is involved, they are keeping it quiet. Out with the old clunky officialese, and in with trendy memes, jocular aren’t-kids-terrible stuff, and mawkish mock-heroics and self-pity. Plus of course, lots of bomb seizures.
It suddenly occurs to me that maybe the announcements about finding terrorist caches are not aimed at us at all, but are designed to boost the cops’ own morale. By Jove, I think I’ve got it!
Unfortunately, no-one told them that Tweeters can reply.