China’s rulers have now introduced the text of the proposed crush-Hong Kong regulation, and it is worse than feared.
The nationwide (puppet) legislature is poised to move the measure without the need of involving the metropolis-state’s individual lawmakers, in obvious violation of the arrangement that gave Beijing rule above the island. The pretense is that it is about guarding the country’s nationwide safety, fairly than a bid to stop liberty in Hong Kong.
The bill will empower Beijing to override the city’s impartial lawful technique and local regulations — as nicely as to extradite whoever it likes to the mainland to encounter kangaroo-court “justice.”
Extradition was the challenge that kicked off Hong Kong’s substantial protests again in March 2019. But protests on the island just cannot quit a legislature in Beijing, the way they moved Hong Kong’s lawmakers to fall the earlier monthly bill.
And this evaluate goes further more, outlawing “collusion with overseas or external forces” — with the central governing administration dealing with at minimum some conditions. It also will put in a committed protection-services business office in Hong Kong — putting the jackboots on scene for use as desired.
The Chinese Communist Occasion pretends this is about quelling unrest. In reality, it’s all about killing freedom.