STAND UP AND BE COUNTED

Word reaches me that all is not gloom and doom in Hong Kong.  There was a fear that HK’s special status, honoured more in the breach than the observance by the People’s Republic of China 香港回歸, would be ignored by President Xi Jinping, their all powerful ‘democratic’ leader, sporting a name which sounds like a dodgy cocktail 狡猾的鸡尾酒, with or without the stuffed olive.

Freedom of movement has never been easy since the Chinese assumed control of Hong Kong back in 1997.  The British Goverment committed the cardinal sin of believing the assurances of ‘independence’ given to it, and twenty three years later they are meaningless.  The British government is doing its best to keep the flag flying, and introduced a British National Overseas passport to HK residents for travel to the UK. But guess what?  This passport is not recognised by the Chinese.

But there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, not as yet confirmed, that any HK residents wishing to leave, can do so after a period of ‘re-education’.  They will be transported, free of charge, in trains without heating or refreshments, to resettlement camps where they will endure enjoy an oppressive system of mass surveillance, detention, indoctrination, and even forced sterilisation.  Somewhat predictably, the People’s Republic spokesman, reading from a script prepared and vetted by President Xi himself, described these claims as “lies and absurd allegations.”  But then, they would wouldn’t they?

Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn, but as somebody once said, the surest way for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.  Time for those good men to stand up and be counted.

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David is an English barrister, writer, public performer and keynote speaker. His full profile can be found on his website.

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