WEBS OF SIGNIFICANCE
Weaving together various observations and musings -- usually pertaining to aspects of Hong Kong (life) but sometimes beyond.
Sunday, March 26, 2023
A protest in Hong Kong that shows how much of a police state it has become
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Some of my favorite members of the Yellow Economic Circle (Photo-essay)
away from Prince Edward MTR station
Seng Seng Pocha/Korean Cuisine would be my favorite
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Albert Ho is re-arrested, 10 days after his brother was arrested and one day after three more Hong Kongers were jailed over seditious books!
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Blue Island is a film about Hong Kong(ers) that truly hits home (Film review)
Friday, March 17, 2023
Taking time out to smell and appreciate the flora at the 2023 Hong Kong Flower Show (Photo-essay)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Looking forward to the Hong Kong International Film Festival even as possessing certain books is revealed to be arrestable crimes in Hong Kong
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Chow Hang-tung shows once again that she is a woman of courage and principle even while Hong Kong reveals once more that it is not a normal place
Your Worship, we know as a matter of fact that we are no foreign agent, and nothing has emerged in this year long ordeal that proves otherwise. To sentence us in such circumstances is about punishing people for defending the truth.
The truth is that national security is being used as a hollow pretext to wage an all out war on civil society. The truth is that our movement for human rights and democracy is home grown and not some sinister foreign implant. The truth is that people here have a voice of their own that will not be silenced.
The Alliance is no stranger to the cost of speaking truth to power. We should know as we have been guarding the truth of the Tiananmen Massacre for over 30 years and have campaigned for many of those jailed and harassed and humiliated for telling that truth. We have long been prepared to pay the price.
With the notices and the degrading designation as foreign agent, the government was effectively saying to us, bend your knees, betray your friends, betray your cause, accept the state’s absolute authority to know all and decide all, and you shall have peace.
What we are saying with our action is simply one word: NEVER. An unjust peace is no peace at all. Never will we surrender our independence from the state. Never will we help delegitimise our own movement by endorsing the government’s false narrative. Never will we treat ourselves and our friends as potential criminals just because the government says we are.
Instead we will continue doing what we have always done, that is to fight falsehood with truth, indignity with dignity, secrecy with openness, madness with reason, division with solidarity. We will fight these injustices wherever we must, be it on the streets, in the courtroom, or from a prison cell. This battle including what we have done in this case, is a battle we have to fight, here in this city we call home. For our freedom to be ourselves is at stake. For the future of our city - and even of the wider world - is at stake...
Sir, sentence us for our insubordination if you must, but when the exercise of power is based on lies, being insubordinate is the only way to be human. This is my submission.Also yesterday: Elizabeth Tang (who was arrested on the national security law charge of "colluding with foreign forces" this past Thursday) has been freed on bail. But don't celebrate just yet: the bail's a hefty HK$500,000 and she also had to surrender her passport.