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…