Hong Kong independence activists are abusing freedoms and have little public support
The headline of your July 30 report on the comments attributed to former lawmaker Dr Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee (“Hong Kong freedoms at risk if ban on pro-independence party proceeds, former lawmaker Margaret Ng warns”) would have more truthfully reflected the situation if it had been “party ban will deal a blow to ‘further abuse’ of freedom”.
Dr Ng questioned how hosting street booths and conducting media interviews would pose an imminent danger to national security. Well, how imminent has the danger to be before action is taken? In fact, Hong Kong National Party convenor Andy Chan Ho-tin reportedly said he would support the use of violence. Even if he didn’t, he was inciting Hong Kong to break away from China, through “whatever effective means”, and such inciting is a treasonous act.
Hong Kong’s pan-democrats have often accused the government of wrongly incriminating people, such as the late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, for the words they used. Of course, they only use words. How else does one incite? And words can be mightier than the sword.
Peter Lok, Heng Fa Chuen
Stop giving free publicity to fringe group
So now it’s Leung Chun-ying’s turn to join his successor, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, in getting paranoid about the talk which Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, has been asked to give to the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club next week (“Leung Chun-ying steps up attack on FCC”, August 4).
By ranting about this talk, as if the party were posing an immediate and existential threat to the security of Hong Kong, all that those like Leung and Lam are doing is giving free publicity to a minuscule and irrelevant political faction, as well as perversely according it a significance and credibility which it doesn’t deserve (“‘Regrettable and inappropriate’, Carrie Lam says of FCC talk by separatist leader Andy Chan”, August 5).
By all accounts, the party’s membership is less than one hundred, its policies are no more realistic than a wish list and it has no support among the Hong Kong people, who sensibly understand that the chances of Hong Kong ever achieving independence are zero.
Graham Shaw, Tai Po