Monday, November 29, 2021
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
We remember the democratic triumph of two years ago, and also commit to memory injustices that continue to be perpetuated to this day
Tony Chung’s sentencing is disproportionate, draconian, and sets a dangerous precedent for other young Hong Kongers whose only crime is using social media to protest the dismantling of Hong Kong’s freedoms.
At twenty years old, Tony Chung is the youngest person to be sentenced under this draconian law. He will not be the last.
Monday, November 22, 2021
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Hong Kong -- where danger continues to lurk and the difficult times are far from over, for wild boar and humans alike
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Lee Cheuk-yan delivers a lesson on standing up for what one believes and not giving up on International Students Day
To begin, I want to thank the people of Hong Kong who kept the promise of 1989, all 31 years ago. In the face of suppression, they persisted, honouring the memory of the June Fourth Massacre in Victoria Park with their candlelight. Your Honour, the people of Hong Kong who took part needed no person or organisation to incite them. If there was a provocateur, it is the regime that fired at its own people.
For 31 years, our unyielding memory and unrelenting conscience drove us to keep the promise, persisted in honouring their memory, demand truth and accountability, and carry on the pursuit of freedom and democracy of the Chinese people...Influenced by localist ideas, some question the principles of the Hong Kong Alliance, but we all recognise the necessity to uncover the truth of and demand accountability for the June Fourth Massacre. The participation of the youth explains why the attendance of the vigil rose to the hundred thousand in the past decade...For 30 odd years, the candlelight of the June Fourth vigil symbolised the practice of peaceful, non-violent resistance. Why should the Police prohibit the assembly and prosecute its participants? We are all followers of Gandhi’s idea of non-violent struggle, hoping to bring democratic reforms to Hong Kong. Now that I am imprisoned as Gandhi was, I will learn to be as fearless as Gandhi was...Despite setbacks, we are steadfast in our belief that the universal values of freedom, the rule of law, human rights and democracy that we have been struggling for will one day take root in Hong Kong and China. And on that day, we will be able to console the souls who came before us. (My emphasis)
Monday, November 15, 2021
Updates regarding the case of Samuel Bickett, and the League of Social Democrats' statue of Liu Xiaobo
Bickett wants justice for himself. But his case is not just his own — it intersects with Hong Kong’s own turmoil, driven by Beijing’s ever-tightening crackdown on the city’s democratic freedoms. It has become another marker of the lack of accountability for the police and of the deep concern around the deterioration of the rule of law...“I don’t think rule of law can be said to exist in Hong Kong in a meaningful way at this point,” Bickett said this month. That, though, is something he’s fighting for, even if one of the only ways he can do it is through a legal system that is being hollowed out...Bickett was not a protester, just a guy going holiday shopping with a friend [back on December 7th, 2019]. But the case has resonated because it may be less of an isolated incident than a glimpse into a police force able to operate with impunity...Bickett’s case... might not offer a clear-cut conclusion [regarding how truly impartial and just the Hong Kong judicial system remains]. If he is remanded to prison, will that be because the judge who hears his case fully believed he was in the wrong? Or because he embarrassed the police? If he is exonerated, maybe that will be a last gasp for Hong Kong’s judicial system. Or maybe there are cynical reasons: Bickett has been outspoken, and he is an American; maybe it isn’t worth it to send him back to prison.