HONG KONG | China called Monday evening to the primaries organised in Hong Kong by the parties of the camp pro-democracy “grave provocation”, and warned that certain campaign promises may have broken the new draconian law on national security that was imposed on the territory.
This warning of war, that emanates from the liaison Office, the organ of the central power in chinese in the territory semi-autonomous, leaves clearly indicate risks of legal proceedings against opposition parties and some figures of the pro-democracy movement.
More than 600 000 hong Kong people took part this weekend in this poll, not official, in spite of warnings by the authorities on the fact that it might violate the new law imposed by Beijing.
This election was organized by the camp pro-democracy to designate the candidates who brigueront in September of seats in the legislative Council (LegCo), the local parliament.
The parties, pro-democracy hope that the anger snorting within the population of Hong Kong against the chinese regime will allow them to obtain the majority of the parliament, in spite of an electoral system weighted in favour of Beijing.
Taking control of the Parliament they can hinder the voting of the budgets and laws and it now seems to be a rare window of shooting for the camp pro-democracy to express their opposition.
In its press release, published Monday evening, the liaison Office has pointed out that these primaries were “a serious challenge to the current electoral system”.
He also asserted that conducting an election campaign in order to take control of the Parliament and paralyze its operations failed to comply with article 22 of the law of national security.
This article aims to suppress “subversion of state power”. It prohibits any “interference and obstruction of the serious case” against the chinese central government and local government as well as any action that could make it “in the incapacity to exercise their functions normally”.
The content of this law has been kept secret until its enactment on June 30. The local parliament has not had its word to say.
The liaison Office has also pointed with the finger, Benny Tai, one of the leading figures of the pro-democracy movement that has played a major role in the organization of these primary.
According to this body of chinese, “the goal of the gang of Benny Tai and the camp of the opposition is to take power to govern Hong Kong, trying in vain to launch a version in hong kong of the +revolution color+”. This expression refers to the popular uprisings that have attempted or succeeded in overthrowing governments. In communist China, it is often used by the government and the State media to talk about a revolution illegitimate, which would be supported by occult powers, usually western.
Mr Tai, a law professor, has made the detention for her role in 2014 during the pacific “Movement Umbrellas”.
“The path of democracy”
On Tuesday, the daily, Apple Daily, has published an article by Mr. Tai in which it welcomed the holding of such primaries.
“The threats of the powerful, did not deter tens of thousands of citizens to come and vote”, he writes.
“They have not given up their determination to follow the path of democracy and universal suffrage,” added the professor.
Apple Daily is owned by Jimmy Lai, one of the few wealthy businessmen in hong kong to openly support the pro-democracy movement. It is also the subject of a prosecution for, among others, taken part in the protests pro-democracy.
Over the last decade, Hong Kong has experienced several waves of protests. But in the past year, the movement has grown for seven consecutive months of demonstrations, often in violent clashes.
To put an end to this protest movement, Beijing has adopted at the end of June, a national security law to Hong Kong, thus circumventing the prerogatives of the local Parliament.
This text aims to crack down on subversion, secession, terrorism and the collusion with foreign forces. These facts are punishable by prison sentences.
The content of this act, is very vague, leaving a lot of room for interpretation — such as encouraging hatred against the chinese government — and has created a climate of fear through the territory where the inhabitants have the habit to express themselves freely.
For the opposition pro-democracy and a number of western countries, this text is a threat to the autonomy and legislative and judicial, as well as the freedoms that are supposed to enjoy the inhabitants of the territory until 2047 under the principle of “One country, two systems.