Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mainland Misunderstandings About HK

The seven police officers who were sentenced for assaulting Ken Tsang
After the seven police officers were sentenced to two years in jail for assaulting Ken Tsang Kin-chiu during the Occupy protests two years ago, it was shocking to read that the son of a general in China was willing to pay people 10,000 yuan each to beat up the judge who sentenced them.

Cai Xiaoxin, the son of late PLA Major General Cai Changyuan, wrote on his social media account he would pay anyone who would assault Judge David Dufton.

Other mainlanders were angered that a foreign judge would rule against the police officers, and felt Dufton was sympathetic to the Occupy protesters because he was British.

Hu Xijin claims the British judge's ruling was biased
Even Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of The Global Times said Dufton's ruling was biased and influenced by politics. He said the judicial system in Hong Kong had inherited a tinge of colonialism and not committed to China's constitution.

Here we go again -- the giant rift between how Hong Kong and China works, and the difference between rule of law being upheld by the book, and by political influence.

Eric Cheung Tat-ming, a lecturer on law at the University of Hong Kong, said the outrage expressed in mainland media over the case was due to the lack of understanding of how the city's legal system worked.

"The Basic Law establishes that our judges were appointed by reference to their professional ability and merits rather than where they are from or their race," Cheung said.

The ruling, he explained, was not influenced by politics, and that jurisdictions that practiced common law regularly had judges from overseas hear local cases.

"The common law system is a legacy of the colonial era. But it is guaranteed in the Basic Law that we can continue the... system."

Ken Tsang (centre) was beaten up after in police custody
Also, it is outrageous and dangerous for the People's Daily to say: "The genesis of the Occupy movement in Hong Kong is inseparable from the political landmine the British government planted before it left the city."

That is fake news.

A culmination of factors led to the Occupy movement that sprung up completely spontaneously, the likes of which we will probably never see again.

The Chinese government is trying to blame someone else for Hong Kong people's unhappiness with the electoral reform package, but it was Beijing's white paper in 2014 that set the tone for the resentment and frustration towards the mainland that resulted in the 79-day protest.

But the Chinese will never understand these things because they see things the way Beijing wants them to see them, ie: warped.

The fact is, is that seven police officers beat, punched, kicked and slapped a man already in custody. Yes he got into trouble with the law by pouring liquid on them, but that doesn't give the police license to assault him when he was already ziptied.

This is what is wrong and they are being punished for it.

Seems pretty straight forward, no?

As for former Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's conviction, there was probably no news about it at all on the mainland...


  1. Here's something else to chew on: David Dufton is a Hong Konger, in that he's lived and worked in Hong Kong for decades (and probably is a Hong Kong permanent resident). Is Cai Xiaoxin? I suspect not, since he would/should better understand and appreciate the rule of law then.

    1. That's why Cai Xiaoxin thinks that way... they have been told the Occupy protests were bad, illegal... so why are you sentencing the police officers who were arrested a protester? He and many others can't get their heads around that.