“What changed was Xi Jinping’s assumption of power in 2012, followed by a massive crackdown on political opponents and all forms of dissent on the mainland. It was naïve to believe that this gathering storm would somehow die down at the SAR’s borders,” writes Steve Vines.
“Normal government has been disrupted, police leave cancelled and so on. If after this huge fuss we are visited only by a few bigwigs of whom most of us know nothing, there is going to be disappointment,” writes Tim Hamlett.
“Surely government lawyers have more important things to do with their time than asking a judge to convict someone in his absence and pass a sentence which will in practice not be served?” asks Tim Hamlett.
“By abandoning a cultural icon in the name of adding no financial burden to Ocean Park, the government lays bares that Invigorating Island South is a government-led gentrification scheme with no regards to history, culture or communities,” writes Chloe Lai.