1/ Today, HKGov is reportedly considering to introduce emergency regulation. The first thing to go is enacting the anti-mask law through Emergency Regulation Ordinance (ERO). It's the first time the law has been used in crackdowns of protests since the communist riot in 1967.
2/ ERO gives CE Carrie Lam unlimited power, surpassing the legislature, to enact any rules or regulations “she may consider desirable in the public interest”. Anti-mask law marks just the beginning. More oppressive, defacto martial laws are highly expected from HKGov and CCP.
3/ Then, the problem is what's next? Entering properties without a warrant? Detention without trial? All these regulations will not deter HKers from continuing the fight for democracy, but prejudice business environment in HK, which is what HK govt always claim they care about.
4/ The use of martial law proves HKGov's inaction over upholding basic freedoms under the “one country two systems” framework. The law mourns the further falling of Hong Kong into "one country one system" where people's cause for democracy is crashed down by force and fear.
5/ All in all, a political solution is the only cure for today's political predicament. Once HKers have set off on our quest for democracy in the past four months, there's no way to turn the clock back with hardline crackdowns. Our call for democracy must be answered NOW.
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