The 14 terrorist arrested by the HK police during the Anti-WTO protest two weeks ago are awaiting their day in court. They want to be released without charge and be able to go back to Korea to continue with their farming job. But, they can't leave because the HK government is holding their travel documents. They are out on bail and sitting in a booth dressed like peaceful Buddhist monks doing the hunger strike thing.
That's fine with me. I don't care if they are hungry when they appear in court. I don't care if want to wear funny clothes either. This is the kind of things little kids do to try and their way. "If you don't let me I'm gonna hold my breath"
It does bother me that they are now trying to pretend to be so non-violent when they were arrested for inciting and participating in a riot.
What a bunch of juvenile cowards these people are!
I disagree with these people but I'd have some respect for them if they didn't wimp out like this.
If they were sincere about their protest they'd view their incarceration as a badge of honor. If they truly believed in their cause they be willing to pay the price.
Hey as a child I used to watch civil rights marches in Alabama on the TV news. The people trying to revoke Jim Crow didn't try to avoid the punishment of the corrupt government they were trying to over throw. They reveled in it.
I'm sorry guys Thoreau not only went to jail but he refused to let others pay his fines. That is the essence of a civil-disobedience protest. He didn't hurt anybody, he didn't fight and he didn't beg for mercy. Maybe they should read Walden Pond. When you engage in violence you are a terrorist thug.
More than that, if you or I could avoid prosecution for a crime by simply claiming "I was protesting" then no laws could ever be enforced, ever. Crime would not only pay but would be come the norm. It doesn't matter what their nationality is or where they committed their crime. These people came here and broke a law that I, a Hong Kong citizen would have been jailed for breaking. They should be equal, not more than equal to me before the Hong Kong law.
Covering yourself in a protest flag does not absolve guilt. Trying to not be responsible for your actions because you were protesting does make you look like a coward; or maybe a paid operative.
Think about it. These thugs planned to come to Hong Kong and cause lots of trouble. But, because they were protesting they feel that they should be let off the hook for the property damage and lost business to the area merchants they caused. They have even had members of the South Korean legislature here begging for clemency. Worse, the legco member Martin Lee came to their defense!
Gee. Maybe I should go to Korea protest something, assault the police, cause millions of dollars of property damage and then claim "I was engaged in a protest so you can't prosecute me!" I could use taped footage of the South Korean Legislators asking for these freaks to be released as evidence.
If someone from Hong Kong engaged in this type of violence in South Korea would Martin Lee go to Korea and beg that they receive special treatment because they claimed to be protesters?
I've got news for Martin Lee, if you support these thugs you cannot be a supporter of democracy in Hong Kong or claim to favor the rule of law.
Indeed, I would expect that if I went to South Korea and broke the law, especially in a premeditated way that I would be jailed. Given that South Korea appears to me to be a some what semi-fascist police state, I'd expect to be severely beaten as well.
To their credit the HK government other than Martin Lee has said that they will not let their judicial decision be influenced by non-citizens. I hope they don't back down on this one. Donald Tsang needs to show he has a backbone and the police need to stop apologizing for their treatment of these thugs.
The South Korean farmers socialist union thing has threatened to send 1000 farmers to protest if these baboons (Apologies to real baboons) are sent to jail or fined. I think the HK police ought to simply say "Molon Labe."
Bring it on guys. It's time to crack your heads and throw your sorry butts in jail.
Until next time
The increasingly belligerent anti-anti-WTO blogger