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Thursday, March 26, 2020, 23:47
The ‘democracy’ label shields no one from legal liability
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Thursday, March 26, 2020, 23:47 By

“Pan-democrats” once again demonstrated their naivety or sheer hypocrisy when they protested against the arrest of one of their peers on suspicion of breaking the sedition law.

This is not the first time they have suggested they are free from legal responsibility as long as they operate under the guise of democracy. The belief that “pan-democrats” are above the law has been repeatedly demonstrated over recent years

Several lawmakers and district councilors from the “pan-democratic” camp held a protest outside Kwai Chung Police Station over the arrest of the Democratic Party’s Cheng Lai-king, which was made late on Thursday morning, demanding her immediate release.
They expressed strong indignation over the arrest, calling it “an abuse of police power”, despite the fact the police have collected sufficient evidence to indict the suspect for various violations, including inciting violence and hatred as well as violating a High Court injunction banning doxxing of police officers and for breaching the Privacy Ordinance.
In claiming that the sedition law is “outdated”, Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung has in effect admitted that their indignation over the arrest of Cheng didn’t stem from their assumption that Cheng is innocent. Obviously, they are angry because they believe they were spared from legal liability ever since they put on a “jacket” with a democracy label on it.
This is not the first time they have suggested they are free from legal responsibility as long as they operate under the guise of democracy. The belief that “pan-democrats” are above the law has been repeatedly demonstrated over recent years.
This was obvious when they protested against the arrest and indictment of the masterminds behind the illegal “Occupy Central” campaign as well as the indictment of the numerous rioters who have wreaked havoc on the city over the past several months.
They also didn’t fail to criticize the Hong Kong judiciary in July 2018 after a Hong Kong court invoked the Public Order Ordinance in handing down rulings on rioters who participated in the Mong Kok riot in February 2016. They smeared the judiciary, calling the ordinance “an obsolete law”.
That “pan-democrats” had never faulted the sedition law and the Public Order Ordinance over decades until these were recently applied to members of their own camp also attests to their hypocrisy. For them, laws are “outdated” or “obsolete” once they are applied to any of their peers. They have clearly demonstrated to Hong Kong people that they have two definitions for the rule of law — one for themselves, and the other for the rest of us.


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