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Hong Kong localism and independence

Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan must not become the altar at which free speech is sacrificed

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 August, 2018, 11:32pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 October, 2018, 1:28pm

Alex Lo is spot on (“We pay the price of Andy Chan’s free speech”, August 18).

People often say that death and taxes are the only two certainties in life. To these we can add a third: that Beijing will never, ever, ever allow Hong Kong to be independent.

This is not a free speech hill to die on. This is a hill on which free speech will die – unless we ignore Andy Chan Ho-tin and his provocative inanities.

Please Hong Kong, before it’s too late, let’s take a collective deep breath and ignore Andy Chan. And let Beijing know we ignore him. On this point government officials, both past and present, bear some responsibility for needlessly giving oxygen to Chan and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.

I appreciate the free speech we have. I don’t want it sacrificed on the altar to a false god.

Peter Forsythe, Discovery Bay