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Benny Tai Yiu-ting

Benny Tai is proof why Hong Kong and Taiwan independence advocates must be stopped

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 April, 2018, 11:15am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 April, 2018, 11:15am

Not surprisingly, University of Hong Kong law professor, and a key leader of the 2014 Occupy Central protests, Benny Tai Yiu-ting, came out reciting the pan-democrats’ oft-repeated mantra, accusing the government of incriminating someone for his words. He has also claimed to be under surveillance by a “powerful law enforcement agency”.

It is believed Tai had suggested that Hong Kong could “consider becoming an independent state”, at a seminar organised by the Taiwan Youth Anti-Communist Corps, in Taipei last month.

Here one is tempted to borrow Alex Lo’s words when he talked about our learned barristers in his March 31 column on objections to the proposed joint border checkpoint at the express rail terminus – the “train of thought is just bizarre”.

If inciting revolt has to be done with words, why shouldn’t the person doing the inciting be found guilty?

Now, Tai and his sympathisers are seeking something sinister – the political separation of Hong Kong from the rest of China as a model modus operandi to be followed by Taiwan, or vice versa. It’s no good merely condemning them. The Hong Kong pan-democrats and Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, if they are conspiring separation from the mainland, must be stopped immediately before they grow too big to fail.

We should follow North and South Korea, which are showing the way to peaceful unification.

Peter Lok, Heng Fa Chuen