Hong Kong Police require Catholics taking part in a Palm Sunday gathering to carry palm branches (well, duh – as the Pope would say) and wear red ribbons on their arms, but of course not face masks. Because all those criminals planning to infiltrate the reenactment of Jesus’s entry to Jerusalem won’t be able to find palms or ribbons…
“It’s a religious event, I think it doesn’t need to be so complicated,” [one] woman said. “We’re just marching a one-minute route.”
She added those who are used to wearing masks may feel uncomfortable about the no-masks rule. Police had said the rule was in place to ensure participants did not use facial coverings to avoid being identified.
She might be advised to keep silent…
Security Secretary Chris Tang on Sunday brushed aside criticisms that police requirements for demonstrations are “discriminatory”, saying some people who find fault with the arrangement are trying to incite hatred and endanger national security.
Tang’s comments came after some people complained about a decision to instruct people taking part in a march protesting against reclamation plans in Tseung Kwan O last week to wear numbered badges, to ensure compliance with a limit on the size of the event.
…unfortunately some people stirred up other’s emotions and smeared the government on purpose,” he added.
“I believe some of those people aim to incite discontent and hatred against the government, in a bid to endanger national security and make Hong Kong no longer peaceful.”
The US State Dept’s annual Hong Kong report contains a long list of developments in what was a busy NatSec year, including arrests of people who allegedly ‘incite discontent and hatred etc’…
There remain differences between Hong Kong and mainland China in some areas, including commercial and trade policy, internet freedoms, and freedom of religion, but PRC and Hong Kong authorities continued to use “national security” as a broad and vague basis to undermine the rule of law and protected rights and freedoms…
A spokesman for the HKSAR Government said, “The HKSAR Government strongly disapproves of and firmly rejects the slandering remarks and ill-intentioned attacks in the US’ so-called 2023 Hong Kong Policy Act Report against Hong Kong where the ‘one country, two systems’ principle is successfully implemented … Through the so-called annual report, the US once again made fact-twisting remarks, with politics overriding the rule of law, about Hong Kong and interfered in Hong Kong affairs which are China’s internal affairs. The US’ attempt to undermine the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong will only expose its own weakness and faulty arguments and be doomed to fail.
The plucky TST Star Ferry pier does its bit.
Samuel Bickett thread on how the Gay Games organizers have embraced/been embraced by the likes of Regina Ip and Allan Zeman. (Patriots can be gay too.)
An HKFP op-ed examines the new protest restrictions, and another asks why journalists need to tell ‘good’ Hong Kong stories. Which brings us back to where we came in: if you don’t want to be criticized, stop doing things that invite criticism.