Hong Kong authorities seem highly sensitive towards criticism or mockery of law enforcement agencies and the NatSec system (see cartoonist Zunzi). Now you get a a similarly prickly response for suggesting that official fears of protests being ‘hijacked’ are exaggerated. The Security Secretary says…
“Any person who deliberately trivialises the risk of these events, or goes as far as telling you that… it’s safe for you to come out – these are irresponsible acts,” Tang said.
Which would be a better target for terrorists or relevant evil elements to infiltrate and hijack: a major sports/musical event like the Sevens, or a tiny procession of Catholics at Easter or unionists on May Day? Surely, if public events are inherently risky, and it is not safe for people to attend them – if officials are not exaggerating these threats – the city is clearly not ‘back to normal’ or at all suitable for tourists and business folk to visit.
(Doesn’t ‘deliberately trivialising risk’ have the same touchy-cum-menacing tone as complaints of movies or artwork ‘glamorizing’ the 2019 protests? As the lady says, words can be weapons.)