Beijing ramps up pressure on Hong Kong
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Beijing ramps up pressure on Hong Kong

On Sunday, China will ensure its Nomination Committee shafts democrats, reports Asia Sentinel

China is the global champion of fakery in consumer products. Now the idea of democracy can be added to its list of creative fakes. Beijing evaded its Basic Law promise to the Hong Kong people for direct elections to the legislature and for its Chief Executive for 20 years from 1997 to 2017.

The National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing will rule shortly on how candidates for the 2017 chief executive’s seat are to be selected and elected. Few in Hong Kong believe its ruling, predetermined by the party inner sanctum, will be anything other than more distortion of the democratic process.

If the core principle in a democracy is the free expression of the will of the people, then a stacked nomination body of pro-Beijing business groups, functional constituencies and hand-picked collaborators will fail that test. It is designed to disqualify popular candidates who do not subscribe to the one-party dictatorship and police state.

In short, it will select another leader beholden to Beijing, who will not have a popular mandate to represent Hong Kong. Zimbabwe and North Korea also allow “universal suffrage” for their disenfranchised citizens.

Political intimidation

In another step to politicizing the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) after the police and the civil service, ICAC officers raided the home of Jimmy Lai, publisher of Apple Daily and Next Magazine. Officers also called on Mark Simon (Lai’s aide) and labor leader and democratic legislator Lee Cheuk-yan to take away files and documents.

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