Prosecuting the victims

The old Hong Kong would have been horrified if the government prosecuted victims of a mob attack – to which the cops failed to respond – on passengers at an MTR station. But these days, the big shock is that RTHK is still clinging on, unrectified and able to put out no-nonsense news copy on the July 31 [21], 2019 incident…

Some mid-week links…

David Webb has a go at the Hong Kong government’s not-always-coherent anti-pandemic policies.

Jerome Cohen in the Diplomat on bail (notably Jimmy Lai’s) and personal freedoms in Hong Kong.

A chapter from a history of urban planning in Hong Kong in the 19th Century. Bureaucratic duplicity goes back a long way…

Using respect for the Chinese traditional culture as an excuse, the government neglected the management of public hygiene in Sheung Wan as the district gradually became a densely populated Chinese area. 

And – more fictional, perhaps – the first of a 66-volume CCP-friendly ‘definitely not political’ history of Hong Kong is published. (At best, an elaborate and absurd kowtow by tycoon backers. At worst, another leaden soft-power failure, if the length is anything to go by.)  

From Zolima Citymag – Hong Kong’s barking deer.

Kevin Carrico in Apple Daily starts a series on the theocratic origins of the modern Chinese state.

NPC Observer looks back at a weird year for the National People’s Congress – mainly imposing the NatSec Law on Hong Kong.

A quick summary by Michael Pettis of why the Chinese economy is apparently so strong.

Asia Times on the US sanctions against gangster-turned-Belt-and-Road-businessman ‘Broken Tooth’ Wan Kuok Koi. 

And a ton of pandemic items. Reuters on Beijing’s renewed Covid narrative. A thread on China’s efforts to manage Covid research and publication. The Sydney Morning Herald on Operation Anywhere-but-a-Yunnan-bat-cave – China’s search for the origins of the virus. Or should that be Operation Anywhere-but-our-biological-weapons-lab? Bloomberg looks at China’s struggle to win the world’s confidence in its vaccines.

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12 Responses to Prosecuting the victims

  1. where's my jet plane says:

    A busy morning at CWB’s Hotel Metro Natsec

  2. Penny says:

    A SCMP commentator on that CCP-friendly ‘definitely not political’ history of Hong Kong:

    “It is shocking that with more than 20% of the population living under the poverty level, and thousands losing their jobs, that the JC Charities Trust ‘the Trust is committed to improving the quality of life of the people of Hong Kong, and providing relief to those in need’ is being diverted to fund projects like this.”

  3. Andrew Mountford says:

    ‘Hong Kong national security law will only target ‘small group of people’, Vice-Premier Han Zheng says as Beijing hits back at critics’
    Natalie Wong , Gary Cheung and Lilian Cheng
    SCMP Published: 6:23pm, 23 May, 2020

    – 50 odd more this morning and potentially the 600,000+ who voted in the pro-democracy ‘primaries.

    They are intent on destroying Hong Kong totaly. And then themselves.

  4. Jason says:

    After almost getting used to the daily CCP terror, many people just became numb. Not numb enough not to be shocked about today’s -surprising?- mass arrests.
    Something I never understood: Most of these uniformed thugs, sent out to arrest some of the brightest and most respected citizens, seem to enjoy the job. Enjoying to be part of the destruction of the city, they were born, raised and “educated”? https://youtu.be/s3X-W7GdOIE

  5. Chinese Netizen says:

    “Claiming the attack was in fact a fight between two equally matched sides.”

    DESPITE video evidence.

    Maximum Orwell attained. Good one, Hong Kong CCPSAR government.

  6. Chinese Netizen says:

    BTW, any latest on the lad that killed his girlfriend in Taiwan, setting in motion the gears that brought about the downfall of Hong Kong as we know it?

  7. Toph says:

    @Andrew Mountford:
    They have a 1.4 billion people. Everyone in Hong Kong is “a small number of people” as far as they’re concerned.

  8. HKJC Irregular says:

    @Jason – Video unavailable. One wonders why?

  9. Penny says:

    Correction – July 21, 2019 incident
    “no-nonsense news copy on the July 31, 2019 incident…”
    Easy to confuse the two dates given the involvement of HK’s uniformed thugs in both violent attacks on MTR passengers.

  10. where's my jet plane says:

    https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1568940-20210106.htm?spTabChangeable=0

    1000 police to arrest 53 people. A serious waste of police resources- no wonder they wanted such a big handout in the last budget.

  11. Reactor #4 says:

    Events that at this instant are unfolding in the USA’s capital city can only convince the CCP that the path they are taking is the best one China.

    Whether or not Tump was robbed, it is clear that the USA’s version of democracy is now really struggling.

    Unfortunately, Churchill, arguably the greatest champion of the system, died 55 years too early to see this.

  12. dimuendo says:

    Rectum #4

    Churchill famously said democracy is the “least worst” form of government.

    Think about it.

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