In the “package” prepared by Beijing as a poisoned anniversary gift for the former colony, nothing is really missing: trials and prison in China, the communist police (secret and otherwise) free to act in Hong Kong, end of the independence of the judiciary, patriotic indoctrination on the “wonderful and progressive fate” of the “new path to socialism” in China, in schools. A real “tool case”, ready for export to Hong Kong of the dictatorship of the new “Communism 2.0”, already in force in mainland China.
Just over a year ago, Beijing had tried to introduce a bill into the former colony that included extradition to China for a wide range of crimes. The attempt kicked off the oceanic protests that we all know by now, which have seen millions of people take to the streets to successfully prevent their entry into force. Today, with a typical Chinese way of doing things (“have patience, give the enemy the illusion of having defeated you and then attack him at the right time even harder”) the bureaucrats who rule immense China through the iron fist of the almighty CCP , the Chinese Communist Party, returned to the attack and dealt the coup de grace to the city.
The new law, in fact – called “National Security” – is enormously more repressive and liberticidal than that which we tried to impose a year ago and which – seen today – seems almost harmless. Thanks to the new system, the new law will come into force without going through the Hong Kong Parliament. And even if all the details are still unknown, it is known that from tomorrow security in the former colony will be – for the first time in 23 years – managed directly – and officially – from Beijing. And for crimes such as “secession, subversion against the Chinese central government, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces” – all definitions that Beijing will be able to safely and indiscriminately apply to pro democracy demonstrators who have taken to the streets for months to ask for more freedom and less interference by China in national politics and against any form of dissidence or civil protest – you will face life imprisonment. In China.
And perhaps even worse, given that those arrested for these crimes will be extradited and tried by the Chinese courts. And in China there are many crimes involving the death penalty: it is no coincidence that in Beijing it is said that “the executioner never goes on vacation”.
“The city will be transformed into a secret police state,” said hot young protest leader Joshua Wong, who in the face of this coup decided to leave the political group he founded, “Demosisto”, and to dissolve it. “They silenced our voice,” he admitted bitterly, “but I hope the international community will continue to speak for Hong Kong.”
Joshua’s, however, rather than a hope appears to be a tragic illusion, given that it seems that nobody in the world wants – or even can – risk taking a collision course with the bulky and increasingly domineering Chinese giant. .
Although, in truth, there has been an international reaction to the announcement of the entry into force of the liberticidal law. The US has decided to stop the export of defense material to Hong Kong because – reads a statement from the State Department – “You cannot” take the risk that sensitive materials end up in the hands of the Chinese military, whose main objective it is defending the dictatorship of the Communist Party by any means. ” Japan limited itself to a general observation of principle, stating that “” The principle ‘one country, two systems’ is very important for Tokyo. ” Good last Europe, which through the mouth of the President of the European Council Charles Michel, in a press videoconference in Brussels, said he “deplored this decision: the new law”, he added, “is likely to seriously undermine the high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong and to have negative effects on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law ”. President Ursula von der Layen was a little more incisive – but slightly more: “the new legislation does not comply with the fundamental law of Hong Kong and not even with the commitments made by China at an international level. For us it is a very critical issue and we are seriously worried. ”
But beyond the declarations, Hong Kong citizens will be truly alone tomorrow. More than two decades after that fateful 1st of July, the future of Hong Kong, its splendid uniqueness, all that was theoretically guaranteed then – the maintenance of its own peculiar economy, the British legal system, democratic guarantees and civilians – is now dangerously hanging by a thread.