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How the Government and Police are Eroding Human Rights in Hong Kong

By now it is well known that the protests in Hong Kong started over a proposed amendment to Hong Kong law that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China for trial. The people of Hong Kong were rightfully concerned – terrified, is perhaps the better word – that this change in the law would allow political dissidents to be arrested for some “crime” and then extradited to the mainland, where they would be under the control of the CCP’s “legal” system – and where they would have no rights whatsoever. Undoubtedly, some, many, all of them would be disappeared into China’s notorious prisons, never to be heard from again.

Now that the extradition bill has been withdrawn, the protests have become primarily a pro-democracy movement. The protesters are demanding universal suffrage as one of their “Five Demands, Not One Less,” as well as advocating for their human rights, which are guaranteed in the Hong Kong Basic Law, but are not respected by the CCP government in Beijing and are being eroded step-by-step by the Hong Kong government and police. This excellent Twitter thread by Elson Tong, a Hong Kong University law student, explains how the Hong Kong police have been further and further restricting the Hong Kong people’s right of assembly. It’s long, but well worth the read to better understand the tactics of the Hong Kong police, no doubt backed and organized by CCP elements within the Hong Kong police:

This kind of clear-eyed view of the strategies and tactics of the CCP and their followers is very much needed. Thanks to Elson Tong for providing this thread. We hope he is okay with us reposting it here. Of course, if he is not, we will take down this post immediately.

It is typical of the CCP to continue to apply pressure until their target capitulates. They almost never negotiate, and even when they do, they do not negotiate in good faith. They will break any agreement they make as soon as they think it is in their interest to do so, and they think they can get away with it. So far the pro-democracy movement has not capitulated to the CCP’s pressure tactics and use of violence as a means of oppression and coercion.

SCMP Letters: “Hong Kong is now a self-destructive patient.”

Displaying that special kind of ignorance of which only an academic is capable, Dr. Christian Chan, of the department of psychology at Hong Kong University, says that Hong Kong is a “self-destructive patient.”

When we are overwhelmed with emotions, reason alone is often insufficient or even counterproductive. Rather, we must first feel understood and our needs acknowledged. Empathy is shown – and cultivated – by exploring and acknowledging the person’s emotional pain. When we feel heard, we are more receptive to reason and change.

Dr. Christian Chan, department of psychology, Hong Kong University

Look, Hong Kong is not a patient in need of counseling, and to even suggest that is incredibly insulting to the activists that have put their lives on the line to fight for the freedom of the people of Hong Kong. Making them “feel understood,” showing “empathy,” and acknowledging “emotional pain” will not in any way help them achieve their admirable goals nor solve the long-term problem of Beijing’s continual erosion of the rights of the people of Hong Kong.

It is the governments of Hong Kong and mainland China that need change, not the pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. The “thoughts” in Dr. Chan’s letter are just utterly ridiculous. Hong Kong University should be ashamed to have him teaching there.

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