No, Mr Trump, please don't liberate us

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 28 Jun 2019

Readers were much amused by the news yesterday that Hong Kong activists had delivered a letter to the US consulate in Hong Kong asking Donald Trump to "liberate Hong Kong" from China.

Andrew Schmidt replied to it: "Dear Hong Kong, or China, or Russia, or Lichtenstein, or anyone, please liberate us Americans from Donald Trump."

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On the internet, a Redditor put up a photograph of a Hong Kong activist holding a sign asking for Trump to get involved and added a caption: "This shows just how desperate Hongkongers are."

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It's no fun being a Hong Kong police officer just now. A nasty international hackers group called Anonymous announced that it is going to expose the personal details of Hong Kong police officers on the internet to cause trouble.

"Your use of firearms and biological weapons has clearly violated the Hague Convention and the Geneva Convention," said an Anonymous spokesman (wrongly). "You have nowhere to hide because we are everywhere."

The problem is Twitter, filled with heavily edited videos that makes it look as if our police officers spend all their time beating innocent people.

One of the worst offenders is Amnesty International, the human rights organization. Hey, Amnesty, police officers are humans too.

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A foreign correspondent was skeptical yesterday about the suggestion that Wednesday night's "Free Hong Kong" protest campaign was aimed at the Western media.

Until he saw a much-shared picture of the protest outside City Hall.

"Jesus," he said. "Every single banner is in English."

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An international financial watchdog praised Hong Kong as the only place in the Asia-Pacific to get a top grade in battling cross-border money crimes, the government's financial officials said on Wednesday.

What they did not say is that this particular group, the Financial Action Task Force, has been hassling Hong Kong for years to hurry up and get an extradition law that included China. Hong Kong's civil service followed their advice and the rest is history.

Thanks, guys.

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Government officials, meanwhile, are baffled about how to reply to students' demands that the protests won't stop until an independent group examines complaints about police behavior.

"Hong Kong already has two bodies to investigate complaints about police, an internal one and an independent one," a source told me. "Students haven't done their homework."

What a surprise.

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Instead of putting warning signs around this dangerous chemicals storage room in Victoria Park, creative staff disguised it with a flowerbed as if it was some sort of boring memorial. It works. Even during the recent rowdy protests, everyone just walked right past it.

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Twenty-eight thousand people in Hong Kong are now getting a wallet-full of good news every day - and the number is climbing.

The system for sending out cash handouts of HK$4,000 for low earners is hitting its stride, treasury secretary James Henry Lau said on Wednesday.

Several million people should get the cash by the end of September.

The irony is that a large number of people who will get these cash gifts from the government are students.

Oh, well, it might put them in a better mood.

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Thought for the day: Trust takes years to earn but only seconds to lose, and is balanced out by belly fat, which takes seconds to earn but years to lose.

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