Thursday, 27 January 2011

Denied Entry

The hope that Hong Kong would "handle things well" went down the drain after the Hong Kong government decided to deny Wang Dan and Wuer Kaixi entry into the city to pay their last respects to Szeto Wah, whose funeral is on Saturday.
Wang, who teaches at a Taiwanese university released a statement last night saying: "I can't say I am disappointed. I am sad and angry. I think the government decision has once again proved that the so-called 'one country, two systems' is a lie. Can the Hong Kong government explain clearly what kind of harm I would pose to the public?"
Today at a press conference in Taipei Wang said, "I am really worried about the future of Hong Kong. I want the Hong Kong and mainland authorities to give me a clear explanation."
Wuer was also at the conference and added the government was being disrespectful to Szeto's memory by preventing people from attending his funeral.
Another democracy activist, Chin Jin who holds an Australian passport, was turned away at Hong Kong airport yesterday after flying in from Australia.
He criticized the Hong Kong government for going against public sentiment. "Beijing has said Hong Kong can make the decision itself, so the government should allow entry in accordance with the traditional Chinese respect for the deceased."
Lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong who made the formal request for Wang to enter Hong Kong said he received the official response yesterday from the Chief Executive's office, but there was no explanation as to why the request was rejected.
Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was asked twice during a public event about the case, but he refused to answer, probably because the government does not comment on individual cases.
The decision was a surprise as there were positive hints from the new director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Wang Guangya and Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong that Wang would be allowed in for the day. Wang had promised to come just for the day and not speak to any media in exchange for being allowed into Hong Kong.
This about face shows either more backroom politics we don't know about or Tsang's inability or lack of interest in standing up for Hong Kong.

The fact that Hong Kong can mark the anniversary of June 4 freely -- an event started by Szeto -- clearly demonstrates "One country, two systems", but now some people who owe their lives to him can't even enter the city to say good bye.

1 comment:

  1. the hong kong government is very timid and afraid to anger the lord of the north by playing safe. as i predicted before these freedom fighters would not be allowed to join in the mourning in hong kong. it is too bad china has gone illogical.