Last week, it was cops attacking a pregnant object, this week it’s the 12-year-old school-object and frame her – classy! The police also found time over the weekend to make an arrest on suspicion of uttering seditious words. Tam Tak-chi’s alleged crime is a tad archaic, being Article 10 here. The previous article makes it an offense to…
…bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the person of Her Majesty, or Her Heirs or Successors, or against the Government of Hong Kong, or the government of any other part of Her Majesty’s dominions [blah blah]…
You have to wonder what the CCP’s cadres make of this legal phrasing. Tam’s arrest almost makes chasing and grappling with a tweeny schoolgirl seem a reasonable act of professional and disciplined law enforcement.
Yesterday’s ‘protest’ in Mongkok would have been barely noticeable – some chanting and singing in some already-crowded and noisy streets – had the police simply not been there. It seems the cops are sticking to their create-mayhem arrest-hundreds strategy that proved so successful last year. Presumably those are the orders from our CCP friends.
Speaking of which…
CCP in charge now #1. Yesterday should have been a LegCo election, but Beijing’s officials insisted it be called off to avert a slaughter of their widely-loathed loyalists. The cancellation, for at least 12 months, is unconstitutional. Two experts patiently explain why the government’s excuse – the Coronavirus – is absurd.
Some, mainly older/moderate, pan-dem lawmakers are still dithering over whether to take their seats in the illegitimate extended council. Officially, they fondly hope that can make a difference by staying in, but if that were the case the CCP would not let them. More likely they are wedded to the formalities and symbolism of the body (and the pay and allowances don’t hurt).
It is hard to believe that by September 2021, the CCP will have won over the Hong Kong public’s hearts and minds sufficiently to feel confident about holding an election under the usual semi-free-and-fair system. The next election will be more blatantly rigged – or there simply won’t be one.
CCP in charge now #2. Old Liberal Party stalwarts (hello Selena!) write to Chief Executive Carrie Lam pleading for an independent commission of inquiry into the 7-21 Yuen Long and 8-31 Prince Edward atrocity-incidents. It is, they say, the only hope of repairing relations between the police and public, and of enabling the community to ‘move on as one’. They also point out that it would look good – like something Hong Kong used to do back in the days of ‘1 Country 2 Systems’ when it was an open society. Which is, of course, why our CCP masters won’t hear of such an idea.
Other stuff to get the week off to a positive start…
Former ICAC boss and pro-Beijing cheerleader Tony Kwok laments the arrests of Hong Kong fugitives trying to get to Taiwan. He blames several magistrates with ‘pro-protest leanings’ who hand out bail too readily. (Good analysis of the whole article by Jerome Cohen.) Given that some judges in non-NatSec cases still show signs of independence, it is inevitable that the CCP’s local stooges will increasingly call for rectification of the judiciary.
CNN on Oriental Daily’s obsessive and murky vendetta against Jimmy Lai.
Atlantic on how Hong Kong (and Bolivia and Thailand, among others) use social-distancing rules for political ends. In Hong Kong, they fine protesters and foreign maids, yet ignore denser crowds of well-off whites outside bars in Peel Street – named (the article points out) for the founder of modern and impartial public-service policing.
Anyone who has had dealings with second-/third-generation tycoons’ kids will recognize the painful longing to sound serious and relevant exhibited by Daryl Ng (Sino Land scion) after David Webb outed him as sponsor of a kiddies’ cartoon story aimed at healing Hong Kong’s divisions. These are the tycoons’ kids struggling with their conscience; others are oblivious to the world.
On protest art: Cartoonist Badiucao’s take on Mulan, and Google Streetview (using up a lot of my time now as a proxy for vacations in Taiwan and Japan) is now showing prime 2019 uprising Hong Kong in all its glory