Can’t have a whole week go by without a round-up – 11 people arrested in connection with the HK12’s attempt to escape to Taiwan. Or an interesting court case: RTHK’s Bao Choy pleads not guilty to ‘making false statements’ when checking Yuen Long attack vehicle details. Also on an RTHK/transport theme, the broadcaster wins Headline of the Week Award for the story on a (pro-Beijing) lawmaker doing a video conference call while driving…
An ornament that had previously been spotted hanging off his rear-view mirror also swung into view every now and then, and the lawmaker looked around far more often than one would be expected to during a video conference, in a manner more consistent with someone cruising around on the roads, not online.
Will he get prosecuted?
In other legal affairs: does this guy need the money this badly? David Perry QC from the UK prepares to do the NatSec Regime’s dirty work by prosecuting the likes of Martin Lee and Jimmy Lai. A commentator asks about his quarantine arrangements – is the Hong Kong public paying for the highly remunerated barrister to spend 21 days in a hotel?
A profile of US-born lawyer John Clancey – one of the arrestees in the New Year Purge.
China Digital Times with details about the HK Police’s blocking of HKChronicals.
Asia Times on Beijing’s plans to eliminate pan-dems from Hong Kong elections (yes, they’re already eliminated – but the CCP doesn’t take chances).
Reuters on the number of Hongkongers likely to leave for the UK in the coming year – specifically, how much money they’ll take with them. The economy can handle the capital outflow, but will it miss the skills of some 300,000 (presumably middle-class) people in their 30s-50s?
Younger/poorer Hongkongers are moving to Taiwan, and many seem attracted to the Qingshui coastal suburb of Taichung. I prefer the downtown area myself, but the new district is cheaper.
The US Consulate in Hong Kong is keeping a (melodramatically named) list of everyone arrested – and those charged – under the NatSec Law.
Interesting thread on all the Covid-came-from-outside-China theories.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom reviews books on the CCP’s campaigns against Hong Kong and the Uighurs.
An Atlantic story on Epoch Times, the pro-trump Falun Gong paper aimed at readers for whom one cult isn’t enough.
Protest artist Harcourt Romanticist does Raft of The Medusa.