Hundreds protest as HK locks up 47 democracy activists and politicians
Updated: Mar 4
The truth is the truth, whether it is denied or not.
For roughly 50 years there has been a 'world war' - until the death of one of the opponents - between the 'rule OF law' democratic world bloc and the 'rule BY law' autocratic bloc lead by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
When proponents of democracy and the rule of law are locked up for their activities by authorities, something is VERY VERY wrong!
This world war began in the 1970's after US President Nixon's visit to China, when America started supporting CCP without first ensuring that CCP must support UN Universal values and the rule OF law.
Following recent deadly attacks globally against the rule OF law (e.g. COVID-19, misinformation, genocide, HK rule OF law, etc.) the democratic world bloc of the rule OF law must now wake up and deal directly with the truth about themselves and the CCP! Then hit RESET!
The first few words of the United Nations Charter :
"WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED
to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
AND FOR THESE ENDS
to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples...."
The first words of the UN Charter, which China has signed and is supposed to support as a member of the 5 nation Security Council, says 'we the peoples...' it does NOT say 'we the leaders of.....'!
Democracy is fragile, and sometimes at risk. Because public processes are the basis of the rule OF law, for all members of the UN there is no alternative. The rule BY law is not an alternative, but is a complete failure to comply with UN obligations and the rule OF law. The authoritarian rule BY law has no place in our increasingly inter-dependent Earth.
Based upon these words of the UN Charter 'we the peoples of the united nations..' what on earth is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) playing at, and why are they being allowed to get away with their dangerous and deadly totalitarian games including sourcing and spreading COVID-19, misinformation, genocide and destroying the rule OF law in HK and around the world?
The U.S. took an entirely unqualified and unprepared China into W.T.O. only to later have the CCP turn on the U.S. and the democratic world!
There is no legal basis under the Joint Declaration nor UN obligations including the ICCPR for these 'prosecutions' of 47 HK activists and politicians : Hence the focus of this blog is on the root issues and what the democratic world must do to safely remove CCP virus once and for all. MUCH LOVE AND DEEP RESPECT TO EVERYONE! GAI YAU! (fight on!).
Hong Kong (HK) protesters uphold the Joint Declaration and the rule OF law. The issue is justice, and not just illegal and arbitrary laws inflicted by a totalitarian regime on our peaceful law abiding populous.
CCP is now working at fever pitch trying to ensure it has total control over Hong Kong (HK) as quickly as possible. Why is this? :
HK, like China is a Han Chinese feudal plutocracy : Although HK's younger generation are more open and demand democracy and human rights, many of the older generation are still, at least to some extent culturally, caught up in 'Chinese feudalism' Fēngjiàn. The West has, since at least the 1970's visit by US President Nixon, been under some sort of 'misguided liberal' / 'greedy capitalist' illusion that through prosperity China would become a democracy as Mao Zhedong promoted prior to winning the Civil War. What has happened since 1970's is the bankruptcy of Maoism has resulted in the dead end of capitalism! The rule OF law requires public participation : the rule BY law is dictated only by the Emperor. The West has believed all this time it was using the rule OF law through HK to reel in CCP's China : but in reality it was always CCP using its rule BY law that was reeling in the West through HK. Today CCP's Emperor Xi Jinping has ensured that in HK only he has a voice and the West, especially the UK government as Joint Declaration co-signatory, has todate remained largely ineffective despite the fact that the rule OF law is supported by the majority of HK people.
HK protesters have so far been unwilling to kowtow (i.e. not shown 'face') to CCP's Emperor Xi Jinping - they know he has 'no clothes' (i.e. is not fit to be Emperor);
HK was until 2019 a global, small, rich, educated, vulnerable, slightly democratic 'international financial centre' city which is supposed to have a 'high degree of autonomy' as a part of China; HK in 2021 is communist run by the Central Government;
CCP believes they can get away with doing whatever they want to do to HKers with few repercussions : Their actions has nothing to do with what CCP should do according to international treaties, rule of law, etc.!
The only answer for the West is to cut off all the 'conduits' through which money and power flows into and out of HK as an international trade and finance centre: this will starve CCP and stop this virus from spreading worldwide;
CCP's only goal is to remain in power in China no matter what happens. So long as the party stays in power then as far as they are concerned there is no problem!
Therefore, CCP has absolutely no regard for human life, international treaty obligations, democracy, diplomacy, its own citizens or to anyone for anything except for what they consider to be their money and power! e.g. Tiananmen massacre 4 July 1998!
CCP is a nuclear armed heavily militarized religious cult, a criminal organization made up of members who are only interested in their own money and power.
China as the World's problem
HOW to assist global peace, public health, stability and prosperity WHILE assisting the citizens of China and the region IN the democratic process for China's normalization and compliance with international norms including its UN obligations and the rule OF law.
The truth is everything - it is uplifting our ideals including liberty, freedom, justice and the rule OF law! The rule BY law is untruthful, involving lies, deceit and injustice.
Wuhan virus Covid-19 is a paradigm shift in consciousness : COVID-19 is a game changer that requires Earth's healthy inter-dependency. Authoritarians and totalitarians are old world human farmers and unable to compete against democracies - e.g. CCP's response to Wuhan outbreak December 2019!
The list of issues includes:
The last novel coronavirus from China was SARS 2002-2003 (299 HKer died) and since then China has learnt nothing nor changed anything - i.e. China will likely cause other global pandemics in the future. China is the source and spreader of SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes COVID-19 which today has infected total 115,003,270 and caused 2,550,489 deaths! Many people worldwide are very angry at CCP for the deaths and destruction COVID-19 has caused and they want CCP to be held accountable;
China is facing serious charges of crimes against humanity including 'genocide' against an estimated 1.8million Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang! So far USA, Canada and Netherlands have announced that their governments formally accuse CCP's China of 'genocide' i.e. political will is building amongst leading democracies;
China is facing condemnation for its decades long actions including religious persecution and deaths in Tibet;
Because of China's crimes against humanity and genocide likely there will be a boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter 'genocide' Olympics because most participants are from leading democratic countries. Discussions of boycott will cast a long shadow over CCP's birthday celebrations;
China has no partner country who is a friend; it rents expensive 'prostitute' countries (e.g. Venezuela, Pakistan, etc.) to do its bidding at UN, etc. : Meanwhile CCP is unable to adequately feed, employ, house, educate, provide healthcare (e.g. China's COVID-19 vaccination is only 50million (3.56%) of population, China's vaccines give 50% inferior potection to new Western mRNA vaccines), etc. for its own citizens;
China is experiencing increased economic and financial problems started with the US-China trade war in 2018; the only reason 92million CCP members remain loyal to Emperor Xi is because they continue to make money from corruption, but as soon as they can not make money they will leave! CCP is busy bullying its trading partners - i.e. shooting itself in the foot! CCP is increasingly unable to manage China including feeding, employing, housing, education, healthcare, etc. its own people; since 1949 CCP has killed more than 77 million of its own citizens making it the worst ever totalitarian regime;
CCP's Emperor is spreading fake news and is now promoting another big lie of his success in ending poverty in China;
Taiwan is fully supported including militarily by USA. CCP's failure in the 'reunification' of Taiwan with mainland China means Emperor Xi Jinping will be unable to wear his full crown as the ruler over all Han Chinese;
Middle kingdom Emperor Xi Jinping assumes he is the ruler of the world! Emperor Xi Jinping believes his position is to sit on his throne and receive adulation and wealth from his 'subjects' from around the world paying tribute to him!
Conclusions - hit the reset!
Now hit the RESET on EVERYTHING;
The truth is everything; it is uplifting our ideals including liberty, freedom, justice and the rule OF law! Follow the truth where ever it may lead;
Effective recovery from COVID-19 requires 'Earth's healthy inter-dependency' between all peoples of the world and Earth. The new norm is completely different in every way from the old norm;
CCP is the issue not China! Awaken to the truth about CCP's rule BY law and its negative effect upon the world's rule OF law.
All action taken against CCP is based on the principle of ASAP decoupling CCP from China and the rest of the world;
Leading democracies unite and collectively use UN and any and all other 'vehicles' to push back the CCP onslaught or new ones must be created;
Criminal and civil charges need to be made anywhere and everywhere ('lawfare') against individual CCP leaders, business leaders, corprations, etc. with Courts or Tribunals. Use Courts and other methods to cripple or shut down international operations of Chinese companies involved in illegal acts (e.g. ZTE, Huawei, etc.);
Starve CCP of corrupt money and illegal use of power. The priority for the international alliance is to increasingly use the most crippling trade and all other sanctions (e.g. Magnitsky) against CCP, all senior CCP members and their families, and their businesses, specifically targetting Emperor Xi Jinping and his family, and to hold Xi Jinping personally accountable;
International democratic alliance members must ensure that for the good of humanity and Universal values that anything and everything related to CCP's illegal money and power must be completely shutdown ASAP. This includes shutting off all financial services, FDI, banking, insurance, IPOs, Chinese stock listings, US pension funds investing in China, etc.
In every step in every way make CCP and Emperor Xi Jinping lose 'face' : e.g. CCP needs a happy birthday 100 years of BS present on 1 July 2021 to guarantee the Emperor loses face! It is far less costly in human lives and money to make the Emperor constantly lose face than it is to get involved in military action of any sort. CCP is a paper tiger not a real tiger - it just needs to get constantly wacked in the nuts hard enough until it feels the pain and leaves the world alone!
CCP please answer these UN letters to China:
Please read our blogs:
Hong Kong democrats facing security law charges still in court after seven hours as police arrest lawyer outside, (HKFP, 1 March 2021)
How did we get Mao era 2.0? (Apple Daily 4 March 2021)
Charging of Politicians For 'Subversion' in Hong Kong Sparks International Outcry
RFA 1 March 2021
The charging of 47 democracy activists and opposition politicians with "subversion" in Hong Kong under a draconian national security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sparked an international outcry on Monday, amid calls for their immediate release. "The decision to charge 47 Hong Kong politicians & activists for subversion under the [law] is deeply disturbing," U.K. foreign secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement on Monday. "It shows in the starkest terms the [law is] being used to eliminate political dissent rather than restore order, contrary to what the Chinese Government promised," Raab said. Washington was also quick to condemn the move, which has left almost all of the city's prominent pro-democracy figures and social activists either behind bars or in exile. "We condemn the detention of and charges filed against pan-democratic candidates in Hong Kong's elections and call for their immediate release," U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement as the defendants appeared in court. "Political participation and freedom of expression should not be crimes. The U.S. stands with the people of Hong Kong," Blinken said via his official Twitter account. Australian foreign minister Marise Payne said the 47 defendants -- who are being charged with "subversion" for taking part in a democratic primary in July 2020 -- "were peacefully exercising their rights." The German foreign ministry called on the Hong Kong authorities to release the defendants and schedule postponed elections to the Legislative Council (LegCo) "in a fair & democratic manner." Hong Kong-based British diplomat Jonathan Williams told journalists outside the court on Monday that the law was certainly not being used in its narrowest sense. “The Chinese and Hong Kong authorities promised that the national security law would be used in a very narrow sense. and it’s clear that that is no longer the case," Williams said. Hak-yin Li, associate professor at the Institute for International Strategy at Tokyo International University, agreed. "Most of the democratic camp have been arrested now, and it looks as if the entire political system, including the District Council, LegCo, and the elections for chief executive are going to change," Li told RFA. "What this means is that no political opposition to Beijing or the central government will be tolerated in future."
Sweeping changes seen Media reports have indicated that the CCP is getting ready to make sweeping changes to elections in Hong Kong at the National People's Congress (NPC) annual session, which opens this week in Beijing. "Foreign officials are predicting that Hong Kong’s political system will get even less liberal now that these democrats have been arrested," Li said. "That's why they are making strong statements about democracy in Hong Kong now." Kenneth Chan, associate professor in political science at Hong Kong Baptist University, said the international community is witnessing wave upon wave of assaults on the pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong. "There is nothing normal or natural about the situation in Hong Kong right now, so they are expressing their concern," Chan said. He said Williams' presence at the arraignment hearing on Monday was significant. "In the past, even though they may have had major concerns about the number of public order cases linked to protests, they probably still had some confidence in the independence and rationality of the courts," Chan said. "Today, I think there is far more attention being paid to just how much autonomy the courts have when handling national security cases," he said. The New York-based Human Rights Watch has described the law as "Beijing’s most aggressive assault on Hong Kong people’s freedoms since the transfer of sovereignty in 1997." The law provides for sentences ranging up to life imprisonment for words or actions deemed seditious, secessionist, or subversive by the authorities, including public criticism of the governments of Hong Kong and China and overseas lobbying or fund-raising. Reported by Lau Siu Fung, Lu Xi and Gigi Lee for RFA's Mandarin and Cantonese Services. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.
Hundreds Protest as Hong Kong Locks up 47 Democracy Activists, Politicians
RFA 1 March 2021
UPDATED: 09:33 ET 2021-03-01
Hundreds of people gathered in protest outside a Hong Kong court on Monday as the authorities charged 47 pro-democracy activists, including sitting councilors and former lawmakers, with "subversion" under a national security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP). As the crowd -- many of whom wore black clothing in solidarity with the detainees -- chanted banned slogans from the 2019 protest movement, including "Free Hong Kong, Revolution Now!", "Go Hong Kong!" and "Five demands, not one less!", the defendants appeared in court after being charged and remanded in custody in a mass operation on Sunday. Banners also appeared despite warnings that police could arrest more people under the national security law, calling for the release of all political prisoners, amid a widening crackdown on political opposition and peaceful dissent since the national security law took effect on July 1, 2020. "They sacrificed their own futures for Hong Kong," one supporter told RFA outside the court. "Maybe this will be the only chance we get to say goodbye."
Among them was former Hong Kong University law professor Benny Tai and founder of the 2014 Occupy Central pro-democracy movement and former Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai.
Several former opposition lawmakers were also charged, including Eddie Chu, James To, Andrew Wan, Jeremy Tam, Gary Fan, Kwok Ka-ki, Helena Wong, Lam Cheuk-ting, Au Nok-hin, and Alvin Yeung, along with Yuen Long District Councillor and primary candidate Ng Kin-wai and District Councillor Tiffany Yuen.
Some defendants shouted out that they had been denied access to legal representation.
Former Stand News journalist and activist Gwyneth Ho shouted "I haven't been able to see a lawyer before this hearing!" as the hearing started.
A male defendant also said: "I haven't seen a lawyer yet. I want to instruct a lawyer." However, it was unclear which defendant had said this, as family members in the public gallery said they couldn't see their loved ones' faces.
Lam Cheuk-ting shouted: "To my wife: I love you!"
All were denied bail and remanded in custody for three months after the prosecution called for an adjournment.
No access to lawyers
Defense attorneys said the delay was too long, given that many had official duties and that bail had been denied. The lawyer for veteran rights activist Leung Kwok-hung said police hadn't mentioned the fresh charges against him when he reported on Feb. 10 to fulfil bail conditions on a different case, and had remanded him in custody suddenly after charging him. Senior counsel Alan Leong, who represents four of the defendants, said the prosecution was using the delay as a way of locking up 47 people. He said it was customary in Hong Kong for police to gather evidence before they charged people. "If the prosecution hasn't finished its investigation and doesn't have enough evidence, then where is the case [against these people]?" he said [asked]. "If you can't show evidence, then why are you such a hurry to hold them for 90 days? You can't have your cake and eat it," Leong said. He said Feb. 28 would go down in the history of Hong Kong because it constituted "an attack on fair elections and on the judiciary in Hong Kong ... and on the essence of the rule of law." Police have said the defendants were charged for their involvement in democratic primaries in July 2020. The primaries were considered "subversive" because their stated aim was to secure at least 35 seats in LegCo for opposition candidates, so the pro-democracy camp could veto the government's budgets. Such an action is regarded as "subversion of state power" under Article 22 of the national security law, according to the authorities. The arrests come after the primaries were criticized in state-run Chinese media as an attempt to foment a "color revolution." After the elections were postponed, the entire pro-democracy camp resigned from LegCo en masse in November 2020, in protest at the ouster of four opposition lawmakers following a decree from the National People's Congress (NPC) standing committee in Beijing. Beijing has since repeatedly warned that only "patriots" who love China and the CCP will be allowed to hold public office in Hong Kong. The head of China's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, has reportedly called for “severe punishment” for Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai, jailed activist Joshua Wong and former HKU legal scholar Benny Tai. In a transcript published by the pro-Beijing Bauhinia magazine, Xia apparently called the trio “the most vicious traitors” while attending a forum in Shenzhen to discuss election reforms in Hong Kong, government broadcaster RTHK reported.
Reported by Gigi Lee and Lu Xi for RFA's Cantonese and Mandarin Services. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.