Not great with anniversaries, but I always remember the evening of 7-21. I was in a Taipei hotel room with a bottle of Shaoxing wine from Family Mart, watching with (naive 2019-era) disbelief the footage from Yuen Long coming through Twitter on my tablet, while on the big screen opposite my bed, giant robots were destroying Hong Kong in Transformers: Age of Extinction. (Links to other documentaries here.)
On a more trivial note… In order to confer regal/presidential status upon its first Chief Executive when he quit, Hong Kong gave Tung Chee-hwa a personal secretariat in a fancy old building in Kennedy Road. After the two subsequent former CEs received similar perks, the premises were declared full – so Carrie Lam now gets a separate office. To the delight of Swire shareholders, it’s in Pacific Place and will cost a mere HK$377,000 a month in rent alone.
How much do ex-CE’s use these elaborate facilities? Does each ex-CE need separate dedicated secretarial and admin staffs? What do these assistants do all day?
Also from HKFP, some of the latest NatSec horrors… The Justice (‘morale is high!’) Dept asks an appeals court to rule that, in the case of political opponents, social distancing between groups is not regarded as social distancing…
The DoJ refuted the appellants’ argument that they had maintained a 1.5-metre distance between the two groups, saying that the court cannot presume that they were in two separate groups just because there was enough distance between them.
(Not with government officials at banquets, though.) And a NatSec judge rejects Albert Ho’s bid for bail, refuses to lift reporting restrictions, etc.