Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang writes a wrathful letter to the Wall Street Journal insisting that Hong Kong still has freedom – and then, in a nice touch, threatening the paper with legal action for ‘incitement’. This for publishing an editorial mentioning that election boycotts/blank ballots are a way for voters to express their political views.
The WSJ being an English-language paper with a fairly impenetrable paywall, few people in Hong Kong would have noticed the editorial – but thanks to Erick’s missive, now everyone knows about it (even if, like me, they still haven’t actually read it).
If you enjoy the Hong Kong government’s whines to the media, immerse yourself in the glorious treasure trove that is the ‘clarifications archive’.
And do you remember when a Chief Executive announced that he would boycott a LegCo election?
In case you are still undecided – Hong Kong and Macau Affairs boss Xia Baolong wants Hongkongers to vote.
David Webb analyzes HKFP poll results and finds (or confirms) a major correlation between age/education and political leanings in Hong Kong.
DW on the gradual suppression of press and speech freedom in Hong Kong.
A rolling tally of traffic accidents in Hong Kong per day (by ‘accidents’ we mostly mean ‘morons not driving properly’)…
…every day in HK there’s over a hundred road crashes reported and dozens of injuries.
Don’t often link to the UK’s Daily Mail, but here’s an interesting piece on a Conservative MP blasting leftist Labourites as useful idiots for backing the CCP…
[A] coalition of left-wing campaigners and Chinese activists blame ‘aggressive Government statements against China’ for driving a spike in anti-Asian racism, claiming it is leading to a ‘new cold war’.
If I were a hardened cynic, I might suspect that the UK leadership opened the door to Hong Kong immigrants on the assumption that the newcomers would likely vote Tory.
Wired joins in the Peng Shuai analysis…
When civic spaces are closed and groups deleted, individuals with few or no connections outside of social media have backlogs of resources and connections taken away. In the case of WeChat specifically—which users in China utilize for chats, payments, blog publishing, travel, and other digital record keeping—a suspension or ban cuts a user off from many everyday communication and life tools.
This is not about topics. This censorship is fundamentally about the dismantling of social resources.
And I join in the https://app.wombo.art/ trendy fad…