The Hong Kong chief executive wants Hong Kongers to emulate the zodiac animal for this year. No surprise given the pressure CY Leung is under from Beijing.
The same could be said for the way Beijing wants the people of China to act as well. And leave it to the government and party aparatus to serve as shepards.
The ruling elite in China has the attitude that they know what is best and everyone else should just shut up and follow orders. It is such an intregal part of the way they work, they cannot seem to think of any other way to operate.
So while the people are to be sheep, the govenrment will act as both shepard and wolf.
And now, from Foreign Policy a prediction for the Year of the Sheep: Five Predictions for Chinese Censorship in the Year of the Sheep
- Tightening of the Great Firewall
- WeChat Arrests
- Intensified censorship during Pres. Xi’s visit to USA in September
- More arrests and jail time for dissidents and free speech activists.
- Stepped up pressure on the free media in Hong Kong.
To be honest, these are the same predictions one could make about the state of freedom of press/expression in China every year.