Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam are in custody pending sentencing next week after pleading guilty – on their lawyers’ advice – to lame incitement and illegal-assembly charges. Presumably, this could attract a lighter sentence from the judge. But, if they get anything more than a token spell in prison, it also maximizes the bad publicity here and abroad for the CCP and its puppets. No-one incites like the CCP: what it most wants will also further alienate the population and create heroes.
Thoughts from Jeffrey Ngo in exile on the likely fate of the three.
Like so many people, I leap out of bed every morning itching to read the SCMP’s editorial. Today’s prays that Chief Executive Carrie Lam will deliver ‘hope’ in tomorrow’s postponed policy address. Having no doubt been redrafted by Beijing officials, the speech is likely to be short on inspiration, though it will be interesting (itself a first for a policy address) to see whether the knuckle-draggers pay any attention to obvious livelihood issues, or if their obsession with crushing dissent gets the better of them. Will they make Carrie spout stuff about Xi Jinping Thought?
The sentencing of Joshua et al puts the judiciary on the spot. The UK’s latest six-monthly report on Hong Kong covers up to June 30, so it misses a lot. But it does raise the possibility of pulling British judges off the Court of Final Appeal panel.
And yes – here it comes: the panty-wetting strong refutation of irresponsible remarks.