No sooner does Beijing denounce pan-dem lawmakers (prompting a response from the Progressive Lawyers Group) than we get National Security Education Day. Obviously planned well ahead of time, the celebration entails videos of CY Leung, Carrie Lam, the ever-charismatic Maria Tam and others ranting about pro-independence forces, foreign interference and extreme violent radicals, all demanding Serious Action.
The core message comes from Liaison Office chief Luo Huining, who calls for Hong Kong to enact Article 23 national security laws ‘as soon as possible’. Here are highlights of the clips…
Luo Huining said justice might be lost if people rely solely on laws. He encouraged the society to “move the defence line forward” and “create a social and public opinion environment favourable to struggle against behaviours threatening HK’s stability and national security”
Yes – we’re creepy!
Among the choreographed freak-out are warnings of a murky terrorist or ‘near-terrorist’ threat. In case you were wondering what the HK Police’s clunky ‘bomb’ discoveries in recent months were for.
If the participants were limited to the local pro-Beijing crowd, we could dismiss it as an embarrassing show to mollify the CCP. But the presence of knuckle-dragger Luo makes it clear this is coming from high up (cue a whole load of bots on Twitter). Beijing is preparing for something significant – maybe a rush-through of National Security laws, maybe mass disqualifications of pro-dem office-holders, maybe a suspension of the Legislative Council.
It is hard to believe that, as Hong Kong is supposed to enter a period of post-pandemic recovery, Beijing is really going to trigger 2019 Uprising Part II. (Did anyone up there monitor the District Council election? Are they so deranged they see the pandemic as an opportunity?) Kong Tsung-gan asks…
Is it that the #CCP & its United Front in #HK have boxed themselves in & have no strategy at all except to repeat their failed policies of the past?
Except – of course they’re going to provoke even greater alienation, opposition and street protests because they simply know of no other way. Any sort of ‘hearts and minds’ effort to win over the city’s people would be a concession would be an admission of defeat. We must crush, crush, crush.