HK enters the ‘jail-for-shouting-slogans’ phase

Hong Kong’s new regime gets that little bit more creepy as a man appears in court charged with shouting slogans – aka inciting secession – and is denied bail. The NatSec Law makes bail very difficult, and the police need more time to rummage through his phones to find more evidence of evil deeds, or at least thoughts. How long before it’s someone wearing a T-shirt?

Rather than going to absurd lengths to silence words and eradicate ideas, would it not make more sense to create a Hong Kong where people don’t find independence an attractive proposition? Today’s policy address will indicate whether the CCP can think this deeply. A leak suggests the best they can think up is the Integrate You Little Bastards Scheme: a weird subsidy for young people ‘seizing Greater Bay Area opportunities’ – strange opportunities if you have to bribe people to take them. An SCMP op-ed nails the real problem: Xi Jinping’s obsessive need for control via ‘bluntly assimilationist rhetoric and policy’.

Meanwhile, a reminder that Covid knows no class boundaries as the virus hits ballrooms full of aging tai-tais and their lithesome gigolo-esque dance instructors…

…a number of cases from the Starlight Dance Club cluster have played mahjong with other people … News of the dance cluster has reportedly been worrying residents of high-income districts…

Independence supporters calling for freedom, tycoons’ wives doing the tango – no-one is safe.

Speaking of which…

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese megacity of Chongqing have jailed a prominent philanthropist for 20 years on charges of “incitement to subvert state power.”

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16 Responses to HK enters the ‘jail-for-shouting-slogans’ phase

  1. Mark Bradley says:

    For some reason shouting slogans will get you denied bail, but seems like CY’s boy, that is the triad boss “Shanghai boy” has no problem posting bail.

  2. Red Dragon says:

    I must say that the photos (particularly the bottom one) which accompany the tai tai article in Apple Daily illustrate quite alarmingly the limits of what money can buy.

    I think I need to lie down.

  3. Mary Melville says:

    Get your speedos out, we now have to navigate One River Two Banks to get to Nirvana, sorry that should read GBA.

  4. YTSL says:

    That was a surprisingly good SCMP Op-ed. BTW, have you seen “The Pantone media spectrum of Hong Kong”?

    https://twitter.com/LawMic1997/status/1329476224524042241

    Also, would be interested to get your thoughts re the Joshua Wong “foreign object in his stomach” landing him in solitary confinement story and thje badly-timed as well as -written New York Review of Books piece that insinuated, among other things, that his previous prison experience was “not especially harrowing”.

    https://twitter.com/wang_maya/status/1331260538383441920

    https://twitter.com/jeffreychngo/status/1330935071575040003

  5. Mjrelje says:

    Nancy Chiu could by the looks of it easily be asked the same question posed to Debbie McGee… “what first attracted you to the millionaire”?

  6. Guest says:

    Those two SCMP articles certainly twisted the knickers of the pro-Beijing readers who reacted to them.

  7. Mary Melville says:

    @Red Dragon; we know what some of the ladies’ hubbies look like, and many are years older than their wives. Lets say they did not marry them for their looks or physiques. No wonder these spry women look forward to a dalliance with a young, fit and attractive ‘duck’.
    While the police are busy tracking down youngsters displaying placards, a big chunk of the ‘services’ offered at Lo Wu pre border closures have moved south.
    If you deduct the cases related to these ‘services’, infections from other sources have not soared so it looks like the rest of the community is being unfairly punished by the crackdown on bars, etc.

  8. Big Al says:

    “Starlight Dance Club”? By the looks of it, more like “Twilight Dance Club”!

  9. Casira says:

    @Mary Melville: You’re ill informed, the number and quality of mainland “chickens” has greatly decreased in HK since the quarantine requirements. The trip is barely worth it for them now.

  10. A Poor Man says:

    Ma Chun Man sometimes dressed up as Captain America when he was shouting slogans. So yes, wearing a t-shirt already can cause problems.

  11. Andrew Mountford says:

    @Casira

    Do you know this through personal experience?

  12. Hong Kong Hibernian says:

    Re: the Li Huaiqing case:

    If it’s true that “all regions of China are now expected to show similar results by the end of the year”, then the Hong Kong Tatler set have MUCH more to worry about than SARS-CoV-2.

  13. Joe Blow says:

    Firstly, I would like all of you to know that I did NOT attend any tai-tai mahjong or tango sessions this month.

    Secondly, I have noticed that the Little Civil Service Woman now also dresses as a junior-level CCP cadre from Shantou. My guess is that not only did the Liaison Office write her speech, they also stipulated her performance outfit.

    Thirdly, Shanghai Boy (who is not a total stranger to me) gets bailed after jumping bail upon return in relation to money laundering (100 million), loan sharking and being a triad boss. At the same time Joshua, Agnes and the other one get remanded in jail in solitary confinement (with the lights on 24/7) in relation to ‘standing in the street in front of the popo station’.

    That’s all.

  14. Penny says:

    Just did a twitter search on “shanghai boy” (with the quotation marks) to find out why he might be getting such lenient treatment:
    https://twitter.com/search?q=“shanghai%20boy”&src=typed_query&f=live
    Pure speculation or inside knowledge? You be the judge.

  15. dimuendo says:

    Shanghai Boy might be on (police) bail if he has not been charged. If not charged police can only release on own recognisance of HK$X, to which you agree, or hold you maximum 48 hours before releasing you.

    As for JWong, since when was it standard to 0X ray all admittees to LaiChi Kok?

    Whether he ends up as Nelson Mandela or Steve Biko (or somewhere in between) he clearly has unpleasant times to come.

  16. dimuendo says:

    According to one report Shanghai Boy on HK$200,000 police bail and now doing quarantine for 12 days in the Sheraton.

    Question, why was he not charged?

    What would the police have done if he could not come up with 200k or had refused to do so?

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