In case you haven’t heard: the first batch of the CCP’s spiritual pedigree (you know – the one forged during the Party’s century-old endeavor) was officially released on Wednesday. It says so here.
Today’s local sub-batch of spiritual pedigree…
Hong Kong NatSec police charge a 16-year-old girl, and six others, with ‘conspiracy to incite the commission by other persons of the offence of subversion’. Assuming you can’t incite yourself, I guess we can strip this down to ‘conspiracy to incite subversion’. Or is the ‘by other persons’ part there to make clear the seven were not conspiring to incite one another? (Or can you incite yourself?)
Meanwhile, a 19-year-old is in jail and denied bail, accused of ‘inciting other persons to organise, plan, commit or participate in overthrowing or undermining the basic system of the People’s Republic of China’.
I hope these two young women one day make it to a free society and put these charges right at the top of their resumes. If ‘Aged 16: charged with conspiracy to incite subversion’ doesn’t get you an interview, what will?
The trial begins of Captain America 2.0 – Ma Chun-man – for shouting and displaying slogans in public places with intent to incite secession on 20 occasions last year.
RTHK issues new editorial guidelines – full of NatSec blah blah blah, must cultivate national identity, uphold constitution, blah blah, but steer clear of involvement with foreign organizations or inciting hatred against the government, and much else. Guideline-compliant story here. Some extracts from the (apparently 100-page) rules here – how to deny Taiwan’s relations with other countries and when to pull material from online archives.
By a startling coincidence – or is someone obsessed with these things? – involvement with foreign organizations and inciting hatred will also crop up in the Article 23 NatSec legislation, which will fill gaps left (carelessly? in haste? deliberately?) by Beijing’s own NatSec Law. The hang-up about ‘inciting hatred of the Hong Kong government’ seems specifically driven by cops who get upset every time someone mocks them.
Ten district council members are disqualified for not sounding sufficiently deep and meaningful when reciting their oaths. They include some from the Democratic Party, which is still debating whether to participate in the forthcoming LegCo quasi-elections. It’s hard to believe they will be so self-absorbed and obtuse as to participate now. Actually, it isn’t.
Some reading for the long weekend…
Columbia Journalism Review on what’s left of a free press in Hong Kong, and how they plan to keep going.
CNN on China’s new quarantine mega-facility, reflecting the zero-Covid approach to which Hong Kong must defer, even though the rest of the world is opening up again.
David Webb finds that, as a percentage of government annual revenue, the value of the land occupied by the Hong Kong Club is the same today (2.42%) as it was when the Club bought the plot in 1894. Who says markets are not perfect?
Stand News (In Chinese) interviews a Hongkonger who works as a truck driver in the UK, and can’t handle all the enquiries he’s getting from goods vehicle licence holders back in his hometown.