Hong Kong Digest May 10

Author: ILoveJustice(HKer)

  1. A 12-year-old boy was arrested

A 12-year-old boy was arrested for blaming Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, on the street on May 1st. A team of policemen searched his house without a warrant. The mother tried in vain to stop the police’s unlawful searching. She said: “Article 23 had not been passed in the LegCo, you are not allowed to search my house without a warrant!” But the policemen forced into the room and took away the boy’s personal belongings including T-shirts and books. 

  1. Stand up to stop enacting national security laws including Article 23 

Pan-democratic lawmaker Dennis Kwok has rallied support for the pro-democracy camp ahead of the upcoming Legislative Council (LegCo) elections, saying that if his camp wins more than 35 seats, they can defend the interests of Hong Kong people.

Lawyer Kwok is a renowned opposition lawmaker for filibustering the authorities’ attempt to enact national security laws including the notorious Article 23 of the Basic Law.

Kwok, the incumbent chairman of the House Committee of LegCo, was expelled in a meeting on last Friday after the pro-Beijing lawmakers assumed the chairperson of House Committee through violating the Rules of Procedure. The pro-Beijing lawmakers thuggishly attacked democratic lawmakers that day and spurred rounds of protests in shopping malls and nightclubs at night. 

Dennis Kwok was speaking on RTHK’s Letter to Hong Kong, one of the most populous programs on Sunday morning. (Photo: RTHK)

Dennis Kwok was expelled by pro-Beijing lawmaker Starry Lee who unlawfully assumed the incumbent chairperson of the afternoon session of the House Committee meeting on Friday. (Photo: HKFP)

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung brutally attacked opposition camp lawmaker Ray Chan, grabbed Chan by the collar, and dragged him several meters through a conference room. (Photo: RTHK)

  1. Beijing must realize that “you can’t kill an idea.” Says Stephen Vines, a Hong Kong-based journalist, writer, and broadcaster.

Mass arrests and killings do not work in Hong Kong because Hong Kongers are fighting for their souls against a soulless regime.

Vines wrote—

Angry and frustrated over its inability to control the people of Hong Kong, the Chinese Communist Party is inadvertently exposing its weaknesses by lashing out with displays of strength.

The Party’s problem is that it keeps pressing buttons that simply do not work. It was thought in Beijing, for example, that the Hong Kong protests could be brought to a halt by the mass arrest and intimidation of demonstrators but, instead, they kept coming.

For more readings: https://hongkongfp.com/2020/05/10/you-cant-kill-an-idea-hong-kong-impasse-shows-china-leaders-strength-and-weakness/

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