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.