The local rule of law and practice with Hong Kong’s liberal core values, rights and liberties maybe become less distinguishable between the former gulf between Hong Kong and China mainland due to the constant lecturing and pressure by Beijing authoritarian Communist party and HK government leaders and pro-Being selfies rolling over.
On Christmas Eve 24 December 2014 a band of Hong Kong police arrested a young fourteen year old girl in Admiralty accused of scribbling some flower chalk drawings on the Hong Kong ‘Lennon Wall’ used by supporters of the civil disobedience 79 days Occupy Central movement last year.
On 31 December the police arrested the girl requesting a magistrate to issue a ‘care and protection order’ which seemed to be on the most flimsy evidence and the girl was sent to a children's home 'pending’ a Social Welfare report. She had not been charged and was not on bail. The normal practice in a case of a young person is for the police to first approach the Social Welfare Department officers for a report before seeking a care and protection order before the magistrate. Why in this case the procedure was not followed and in such great haste?
On 31 December 2014 the girl was released after a High Court granted her bail. The girl again appeared before a court magistrate. After considering the case and Social Welfare Department’s report the magistrate was of the view it was not necessary to grant the protection order. Some were critical of the the police application as ‘unusual’ and the Commissioner of Police should explain fully otherwise the public will attenuate the trust in the police and growing fears of the use of the police as a political tool hiding behind the mask of civil injunctions used by commercial companies in which the police heavily handed cleared the civil disobedience protestors?
Today 23 January 2015 police officers found Chinese characters daubed on the wall outside the Fukiien Middle School and another school North Point in translation ‘the baton in the hand of a kind mother’. It is an apparent comment on police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung’s remarks that police protected Occupy protestors from attack on 3 October 2014 like “ kind mothers protecting their children”. Police were heavily criticised in failing to protect protestors in that incident and abusing demonstrators in other similar clashes.
In the SARG CEO’s annual policy address he began with denigrating student thought on self determination in the Graduate magazine. Big mistake? Hong Kong savvy residents and students are pragmatic and fully aware of the autonomous responsibilities under the Basic Law. They simply do not want ‘fake’ elections and throttling pressure from Beijing. No doubt the unpopular CEO policies document may now only end up the nearly full landfills while the’ Graduate’ issues will become one of the most read in town.
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