|Not a Good Day for Freedom||
30 June 2020
Cogito Ergo Non Serviam
Earlier today, the Red Fascists in Beijing have rubber-stamped a law that is designed to quell dissent in Hong Kong. The national security legislation has already gone into effect, and dissent organizations are formally disbanding. The law violates the treaty with the UK by which the Crown Colony of Hong Kong was ceded to the People's Republic of China. It effectively ends the one country, two systems arrangement that was to last until 2047. This is a bad day for freedom.
President Xi Jinping signed the law after it passed unanimously in the National People's Congress Standing Committee (a pretend legislature), and the government gazetted the bill bringing the law into force.
The South China Morning Post reported, "Beijing's two offices overseeing Hong Kong affairs also said in separate statements that the law would plug a legal loophole and mete out deterrent punishments sufficient to stem activities that endangered national security, while safeguarding the rights of most residents as well as foreigners.
'This law will be a sharp sword handing over a minority of people who endanger national security,' the cabinet-level Hong Kong and Macau Office said."
The pro-democracy group Demosisto has decided to "dissolve and stop all meetings." As the Beijing government will learn, that does not mean an end to resistance. Its fight against "totalitarian oppression" would have to continue in a "more flexible manner." Nevertheless, one of its main leaders Joshua Wong stated that is was "the end of Hong Kong that the world knew before."
Tomorrow is imporant, marking "Handover Day," the anniversary of the cession of Hong Kong to the PRC. It is usually marked with protests, and it is no coincidence that the law has gone into effect already.
Democratic Party leader Wu Chi-wai said he would defy a ban on a "handover day" march tomorrow according to the SCMP. Figo Chan, of the Civil Human Rights Front will be there, too, and he said "we are aware of the risks of being prosecuted. But we insist on taking the lead, as we want to tell Hongkongers not to fear."
This journal appreciates the boldness of the statement, but Hongkongers should fear the 4,000 police the central government has put on standby.
Stephen McDonnell, China Correspondent for the BBC wrote, "prior to the new security bill, which actions by activists -- no matter how subversive -- could not be dealt with under existing laws? What were 'extremists' getting away with to warrant this new legislation? Bomb making? No. Smashing up buildings? No. Meeting with international NGOs to talk about the city's deteriorating freedoms? Ahhhh. Perhaps. Publicly advocating Hong Kong independence? Almost certainly."
The ChiComs have used similar laws in other parts of China to suit its needs. Hong Kong's independent judiciary can not prevent it doing the same here. The law puts the power to appoint the relevant judges in the hands of Carrie Lam, whom Beijing chose to be the city's leader.
It is not a good day for freedom.
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