Some Tuesday links

From Benedict Rogers – a sobering summary of the choices and limits facing HK’s protest movement. As he says, ‘the harsh truth has not yet sunk in for many’. Figures like Jimmy Lai and Joshua Wong are now essentially waiting to be thrown behind bars, and it is surely futile for others to risk joining them. 

And this is while we still have a reasonably independent judiciary. Jerome Cohen writes on the judges acquitting people charged (without anywhere near enough evidence) with ‘riot’. How long will the CCP tolerate such displays of rule of law? From Beijing’s point of view, the courts constrain state authority, belittle the police and prosecutions departments, and provide relief to people the CCP wants to humiliate and punish in order to intimidate the whole population.

HKFP offers a critique of ex-judge Henry Litton’s views on the Hong Kong judiciary. Does a good job of deciphering Litton’s ramblings and making them more coherent than they are in his own words.

One of Litton’s bugbears is judicial reviews, which he says are overused. He doesn’t ask why this is so. With no representative political mechanisms, and a cronyistic bureaucracy contemptuous of public opinion – even before Beijing introduced direct rule via the NatSec regime – JRs have been the only recourse people have apart from setting fire to things in the streets.

A kick up the backside for bores who blame the victims: a Taipei Times column saying that, contrary to the popular media narrative, China is not reacting to external events – it is making others react.

And a pic from a family member in the US passing her local polling station as it is being prepared for election day – in the spirit of inclusiveness, the warning is even spelt out for Korean speakers…

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7 Responses to Some Tuesday links

  1. Erection #4 says:

    Today’s post is proof positive that there is a God – lots of statements on why our political system is morphing rapidly into a nightmare. However, it ends with pictures indicating the mess democracy has now “evolved” to – a demand for guns not to be brought into a polling station. Marvelous.

  2. Chinese Netizen says:

    Korean immigrants in the US are some of the most zealous gun purchasers and users. In addition to being zealous about their brand of christianity as well.

  3. Where's my jet plane says:

    “Never miss a chance to over-react and intimidate” – HK police

    An offence against the Road Traffic Ordinance that would normally elicit an invitation to pop along to the station to answer a few questions turns into an opportunity to conduct a “raid” on the person’s home which undoubtedly involved at least six stalwart crime-busters. Given who Choy Yuk-ling works for one wonders just how much other evidence was being looked for to put RTHK on the mat?

  4. steve says:

    You wish #4: It would save all of us, including your fine self, a lot of time if you’d reserve commenting for topics on which you have at least a tiny bit of knowledge. If you took that advice, you see, this would be the last time we heard from you. Problem solved!

  5. Mary Melville says:

    If the police had been as diligent with regard to investigations into the suicide in MKK as it has been with RTHK trivial pursuits, the young boy left with his murdered mother for around 30 hours might have been spared some of the traumatic ordeal that will no doubt cast a shadow for the rest of his life.
    According to media reports “The suspect, 32, fell from the roof of a nearby building on Mong Kok Road at around 1am on Monday.
    The murder case came to light just before noon on Tuesday when a friend of the woman visited the Portland Street flat.”
    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3108252/hong-kong-boy-five-stayed-dead-mothers-side-30-hours

  6. A Poor Man says:

    Mary – Spot on!

  7. Red Dragon says:

    “Erection” #4, eh?

    That’s a nom de troll which represents the triumph of hope over experience if ever l saw one.

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