Thank Goodness for Hong Kong

The great Firewall of China is at work again.

Sina Weibo (a Chinese government approved  microblog site) deleted items by Sha Yexin, a well-known playwright because Sha praised the civil liberties the people of Hong Kong enjoy.

Many thanks to the China Media Project from the University of Hong Kong for digging this out and publicizing it.

Thank Goodness for Hong Kong

Thank goodness there is Hong Kong, where demonstrations are a normal thing. Thank goodness there is Hong Kong, where marches don’t end in disaster. Thank goodness there is Hong Kong, where the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) roots out the dirt. Thank goodness there is Hong Kong, where the government isn’t in bed with business. Thank goodness there is Hong Kong, where refuge is provided for exiles [from the Tiananmen Protests]. Thank goodness there is Hong Kong, where June 4 is not forgotten. Thank goodness there is Hong Kong, where magazines are free. Thank goodness there is Hong Kong, where you don’t have to scale the [Internet] wall. Thank goodness there is Hong Kong, where the sense of human rights is strong. Thank goodness there is Hong Kong, where there are prospects for democracy. Thank goodness there is Taiwan and Hong Kong, when the mainland’s back bristles with thorns and no one dares step too far out of bounds!

It is always nice to remember that Hong Kong has all these liberties and rule of law. Too many in the West — specifically the USA — forget that just because Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule it does not mean Hong Kongers lost their rights.

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