Thread explaining the background and mechanics of political screening of wannabe candidates ahead of disqualification. More here. The government reshuffles civil servants to put compliant ones in place, and the targeted politicians get 24 hours to respond to ‘gotcha’ accusations of thought-crimes. More here about the sheer creepiness of the hunt for evidence.
It’s understandable that people are angry at the blatant cheating and the shredding of civil service impartiality. But that’s at least partly the intention. The CCP – of monopoly-of-power fame – is now in charge. Joshua Wong is kidding himself when he maintains LegCo still has a vestige of Hong Kong’s autonomy. The body is purely ceremonial, whatever happens in the election.
I do not understand why pan-dems want to lend legitimacy to this farce by participating (or trying to participate) in it. What’s the point of playing by such corrupt rules? Boycott. Let the government have a 20% election turnout. Do something else that day to prove their lack of legitimacy. Elect a government in exile, or a functional constituency whose members are imprisoned activists – with a bigger turnout. Maybe hold a city-wide ‘Design a Better Hong Kong Flag’ competition for kids in public parks. Whatever makes the CCP even angrier. (A multitude of opportunities.)
An interesting test of reader loyalty: the SCMP to go behind a paywall. Very ‘bold’. Good news for free-to-view alternatives.