Is the NatSec regime big and tough, or pitiful and petty? Security Secretary PK Tang freaks out over prisoners ‘building up forces’ and making inmates hate China, thus threatening national security, by (cue scary organ crescendo) sharing chocolate and hair clips supplied by an NGO. Or something. More here.
While authorities see a dastardly plot, it looks like some inmates and supporters – drawn from Hong Kong’s smart and resourceful political and social activists – are organizing small-scale mutual aid networks while they are behind bars. Maybe it would have been better if the government had left them at liberty, where they could focus their energy on district council work and helping local residents, while our top officials could maintain a dignified air of calm self-confidence.
But Leninists must always be paranoid. Chris Yeung looks at the cops’ claims that the impressively unfazed HK Alliance is working for evil foreign forces. And – just as you thought it couldn’t get weirder than chocolate and hair clips – cycling campaigner Martin Turner is arrested in a suspected plot to plant a bomb at the Legislative Council. Or at least check the bike-parking facilities.