A tumultuously savage year has passed plus an additional scattering of days transposing angst, as China has nearly sealed it vice talon grip on Hong Kong, at least in policies dictating economics and human rights. To the majority of the world outside of concerned families and foreign investors, the once eloquent prospering pearl of in the worst of times steady pecuniary growth and jewel of the British empire’s Far East nexus is an afterthought, a victim to totalitarianism from the standpoint of an exponentially overbearing central organ of government, and an equally mainstream media pandering to the great dragon of submission and global dominance.
Since Beijing unceremoniously subjugated the last gasps of Hong Kong’s autonomy and common law with a caustic directive reengineering and nullifying the sacred guarantee of basic rights in late June of 2020, a boisterous symphony of metaphorical crickets has pervaded, as the territory remains under the social media trending radar screen, even in the presence of a regularly exploding stock exchange. It can be argued that the novel “national security law” activated to achieve total domination over the residents and the legal system is more virulent than the pandemic in the sense that the mutation of toxic policy is virtually irreversible and resistant to any existing remedy. The pertinent question asks, where is tycoon and Alibaba founder Jack Ma, and what is exactly happening in the stunning vistas comprising the visual stimulus of the Pearl river delta?
Curiously, or maybe not so, the stock market of the “special economic zone”, or the HKSE, according to Yahoo Finance, has exponentially attained valuation since enduring a lull at the beginning of the pandemic. The 212% skyrocketing figure since last March, is indicative of both the robust diversification of the Chinese economy fueled by the majority of American consumers remaining in lockdown and ordering a staggering number of products produced in Asia and delivered to the front door, and the stagnation of US and European financial infrastructure prompted by overt cautionary measures based on fear, and not empirical evidence. While fortunes have been made in the Sino hinterland, and officials continue to submit felonious Coronavirus figures that can be conservatively characterized as a gross underestimation of infections and death, all is not quiet on the Western front.
The reverberations from the mass protests 0f 2019 are still lingering and one has to question if the debut of Covid-19 was not just a coincidence in extinguishing the candle of hope and civil unrest in the urban corridor for the sake of gains in government control over citizens and vast monetary accumulations for certain government organs and individuals. With the unprecedented codified deconstruction of fundamental liberties and the implementation of the disastrous “national security law”, the ramifications of totalitarian methodology disguised under the label defining a functioning government was never about a republic or the people. With China’s public aversion to cryptocurrency as a viable money laundering service in trying to force the hand of dissidents to instead utilize the refuge of the Hong Kong stock exchange to substantiate unethical gains not necessarily demanding the summit of the trending news cycle, it has taken the disheartening plight of an individual to achieve tangible notoriety.
At least nearly the complete gamut of prodigious corporate newsrooms reported on the fate of Tong Ying-kit, whos public demonstration in supporting independence from Beijing resulted in the proverbial book of sanctions being hurled at him with the entire force of the Cultural Revolution accounting for the sickening velocity and impact. The 24-year-old was found guilty of “terrorism” and “inciting terrorism” in late July for all the wrong reasons after running down a trio of police officers with his motorcycle. While attempted homicide and the violent assault of law enforcement was not considered, under the policy geared towards attacking free speech, the court found the former waiter in violation of law for the slogan on his flag attached to his hog reading “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.”, and he was sentenced to 9 years of God knows what type of torturous pathetic excuse of an existence in forced labor camp. Tong was denied bail and a jury in a clear case of being the unfortunate Guinea Pig social experiment of a regime flexing its muscle by making an example of an individual, while simultaneously promoting collectivism and building international prestige through brutal tactics. The remaining advocates of free speech in Hong Kong willing to risk their lives for free will have criticized the decision of the puppet Beijing proximal government from the approach to prosecution bereft of justice or reason. Rhetorical questions, Where is the United Nations when they are needed?
As the quality of life took has taken a logarithmic plummet in Hong Kong, while the HKSE has reached dizzying heights through the worst of the Coronavirus franchise, the remnants of the 2019 demonstrations are still evident with every decision from here on out delivered by a legal system rigged with elements of Communism. While most forget that the enlightened tech hierarchy turned their backs on those fighting for individuality in a maelstrom of tyranny by egregiously removing an app offered to help protestors avoid police, the now direct extension of Beijing that was once a Capitalistic bastion of freedom should once again reach the pinnacle of the headlines, if merely as an example of the self-driving wreck of a “one country, two systems” policy nightmare can inflict on a people forty years into the future.
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