The CCP’s NatSec Regime ends the week with a burst of hearts-and-minds initiatives to convince the people of Hong Kong of its loving generosity.
Joshua Wong (already in prison) and three others get prison terms for sitting in a park with thousands of other people and lighting candles. The judge said that the situation could have turned violent (though it did not – some sharp comments here). More high-profile activists, many also already in jail, will be sentenced for participating in (or inciting others to do so, etc) the same June 4 vigil last year.
A large detachment of National Security police surrounded and cordoned off premises in Tsuen Wan, checking people’s IDs and questioning the owner. A bomb-making factory? No, a kids’ clothing shop that uses yellow umbrellas in its decor.
The chain can expect a surge of sympathetic customers in the next few days. While waiting in line, they may well be considering going to Victoria Park on June 4 for a stroll or a picnic.
There are also reports that the NatSec police have arrested several people for on-line thought-crimes of some sort.
And one of RTHK’s top current-affairs producers quits after being told to stick to ‘human interest’ (ie infantilized) stories rather than anything serious. On a brighter note, RTHK does well at the Human Rights Press Awards – no doubt much to the distaste of the broadcaster’s Party Commissar, who will be desperately assuring his bosses that the station won’t win any journalism prizes again.
Maybe historians of Hong Kong’s resistance will one day note that the revolution started in Pokfulam. Residents of a luxury apartment block revolt against the government’s ambush/lockdown/quarantine charade by refusing to leave. The expat boss of a trendy-sounding multinational says that being sent to a camp would affect his ‘day to day’.
David Webb adds…
The madness of HK Govt policy: the larger the building you live in, the greater the chance at least 1 person who lives there gets variant COVID-19, forcing all of you into 21 days quarantine, but the smaller the chance that you actually had any contact with that person.
Hong Kong’s quarantine rules and travel bubble explained in two simple diagrams.
“Cummings, who’s the regional head of a global brand consulting and design group, also said his work would be severely affected if went to a quarantine facility for 21 days.”
Is this the PR guy responsible for making Hong Kong palatable to the world?
Cummings works for Landor Associates.
So, at the same time that the government will lower the length of time that a person with two vaccine jabs will have to be in quarantine, they are also saying that it doesn’t matter if you live in a building with a case and likely have no contact with that person, even if you do have two vaccinations, you still have to serve 21 days?
It’s almost as if the deep layer cake of the bureaucracy is not really coordinating with each other but being told what to do through multiple channels by a disorderly and grasping centralised command that just feels compelled to keep things “orderly” through rules and dictums.
on top of my earlier comment.
They are now thinking of lifting flight bans.
Kids are still allowed to go swimming, though this was one of the first things that were shut down because it had the highest rates of possible infections.
I think the most maddening and frustrating thing about being trapped on this island with these idiots is that none of us has any means to get the government to listen to reason.
“Just before Chan handed down Leung’s jail term, a woman sitting in the court shouted “objection.” Chan then proceeded to tell the woman “not to destroy or make a mockery of the rule of law.”” By all means, plebes in the peanut gallery should not be interrupting or interfering with the court destroying and making a mockery of the rule of law…
Took a gweilo to restore some common sense to the quarantine agenda. If only the Big Swinging D…s would also voice out over the other blatant abuses of the ‘because we can’ syndrome that is killing our mojo.
Meanwhile, the kids’ clothing shop in Tsuen Wan has been doing a roaring trade since NatSec police gave them so much free publicity. Such intimidation only serves to make free-thinking HK people angrier and even more resistant to this pernicious regime.
Penny – Chickeeduck clothes have always been popular and are known for their high quality amongst parents in the know. Unfortunately the stores are getting harder to find. They used to be in many of the major malls.