Banana republic forming nicely

Is HKU about to be the first university in town to have a CCP member in a top position? HKFP report on two appointments. Ying Chan looks into the background of one – Prof Zuo-jun ‘Max’ Shen. Max says his old university’s website named him a Party member without his knowledge, so maybe the fuss is making him Mad Max. Unless the English name is a typo and is in fact ‘Marx’. Whatever.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s descent into banana-republic status enters the grabbing-people-trying-to-enter-foreign-consulates stage, and the arrests-for-social-media-posts-that-might-split-the-country stage. Despite a rising number of arrests under NatSec and archaic sedition laws, none of these cases have yet reached the courts. It will be interesting to find out whether 19-year-olds (indeed 17-year-olds) on Facebook actually threaten the security of the world’s second-biggest military power.

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10 Responses to Banana republic forming nicely

  1. where's my jet plane says:

    19-year-olds (indeed 17-year-olds)
    Well, Mao was a similar age when he allegedly cut off his queue and joined the Xinhai revolutionary army so maybe a repeat of history is what worries our overlords.

  2. donkeybeard says:

    It really doesn’t matter if HKU installs a CCP member in a head position. There have been constant purges of HKU professors and academics for six or seven years, driven by China sympathisers who do not want universities turning into hotbeds of enlightenment and student rebellion. You would not have noticed this, because they all left quietly, and most were unknown. But the purge was real.

    As for our student activists, with whom I claim no real solidarity, I think they are rather dumb. They have very fanciful ideas about who they are to the movement and they are rather impotent to begin with. Rushing into the US consulate solicited a chuckle from me. Consulates can’t take asylum cases. They get their ideas from movies.

  3. Mark Bradley says:

    I see that @donkeybeard decided today is the day he is going to be a smug privileged cunt

  4. Stanley Lieber says:

    @Mark Bradley

    Nicely put.

  5. dimuendo says:

    The first para of donkeybeards missive is accurate, save probably over a longer time frame.

    How long is it since the Bristol medic departed for Edinburgh?

  6. dimuendo says:

    First para except first sentence thereof.

  7. Mary Melville says:

    ‘FEHD and government department to carry out joint clean-up operations at 340 places including Lennon Walls
    According to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, as of last Sunday (18th), the department and relevant government departments have carried out joint clean-up operations at about 340 places where unauthorised posters have been found in Hong Kong.’
    For years every upmarket district in the territory has been festooned with real estate bills and stickers while others are plastered with ads for everything from ‘massagi’ to getting your pipes unblocked but the authorities have turned a blind eye and the police refuse to entertain complaints about criminal damage to public and private property while the tax payer forks out millions for constant repainting and repairs.

  8. Mark Bradley says:

    Yup I too agree that the first paragraph is mostly accurate aside from the first sentence. Still a smug privileged cunt though.

  9. Mark Bradley says:

    “ Still a smug privileged cunt though.”

    For the second paragraph rather than the first.

  10. Toph says:

    Yes, please do tell us how you personally would make so much better decisions than a teenager staring down a life sentence for some Facebook posts. Silly terrified kids. Don’t they teach anything about asylum law in schools these days, tsk tsk?

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