A retired cop quotes one of the historic figures commemorated in Escalator-Land and asks why the Hong Kong Police are further damaging their standing in the community by pulling such stunts as a late-night arrest of a pro-democrat politician. (Aside from archaic sedition laws, the cops are also using new anti-crowding rules against protesters and to harass restaurants linked to pro-dems.)
Simple answer: the HKPF is not concerned with its ‘standing in the community’ – it is very obviously not even under the control of the civilian government of Hong Kong. It is answerable only to Beijing’s officials. Which is why, as the rest of the city fights a disease outbreak, the cops are continuing their relentless campaign to suppress the CCP’s perceived enemies. From the ground in Hong Kong, it looks absurd, incongruous and plain witless. To the knuckle-draggers up in the hierarchy of the HK and Macau Affairs Office, there’s a vulnerable one-party state to protect.
If pepper-spraying reporters at Prince Edward Station doesn’t work, here’s an even more eye-watering method to encourage social-distancing: a ‘Yikes!’-inducing diagram showing how far back they put those enormous Q-tips to take a swab.