Your tax dollars at work: HK Police do a lame – but apparently earnest – mock shoot-out against terrorists at a National Security Education Day event. Starring Jacky Chan as the heroic cop abseiling from the helicopter, Holden Chow as an evil bomb-throwing splittist, Allen Zeman as the dastardly foreign mastermind, and Regina Ip as Lassie the plucky patriotic police dog, who summersaults through flaming hoops to snatch a Chinese flag before a youth misled by Western thinking sets fire to it. Massed ranks of Asia’s Finest Goose-steppers added to the warm-and-fuzzy feel for the school-kids bussed in for the occasion.
More on the NatSec Adoration Cosplay Day activities. Although clearly aimed at meeting Beijing’s demand that Hong Kong correct the next generation’s minds, it all looks too clunky to convince average six-year-olds (though I wouldn’t mind a ‘Warning Tear Smoke’ key-ring). Prison officers battling foreign-influenced anti-China slippers here (yes, that’s slippers as in indoor footwear). For creepiness, try kids playing ‘riot squad’ in the MTR.
Police Commissioner Chris Tang celebrated National Insecurity Paranoia Day on a rather grim note, blaming protests on US agents fiendishly using public-opinion polls to ‘hype-up issues’. He promises proof of foreign influence, some time (heard that before). If the Party demands witch-hunts with a dash of xenophobia, it must be obeyed.
Not everyone is deferential. Apple Daily, with an evil gleam in its eye, examines Mainland think-tanker Tian Feilong’s ‘follow-up spanking of the pro-establishment camp’. Beijing is dividing its local followers into the merely stupid/lazy/cowardly ‘loyal garbage’ who can be slapped into submission, and the possibly disloyal ‘two faced’ who are on the CCP’s naughty list. And who among us has not wanted to give some bureaucrats and tycoons a serious ‘follow-up spanking’?
Some weekend reading…
For those fascinated by the structures of functional constituencies and the Election Committee, a couple of good explainers on the ‘improvements’ that stripped the processes of individual voters, here and here, and a look at the newly rigged Legal sector.
On economics, blogger Andrew Batson looks at how Beijing may be getting tougher on both tax and inequality.
From China Media Project, the 80 propaganda slogans you must learn to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the CCP. Start with this snappy little one…
Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era is the guide of action for the whole Party and the whole nation as they strive for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation!