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November 23, 2005
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Hopewell and the mob
Should bird flu break out as a human epidemic, we are told Hong Kong is the safest place in the world to be. Except, perhaps, for Sir Gordon Wu, who has managed to piss off not just the expected thousands of pro-democracy demonstraters on December 4th but also Chief Executive Donald Tsang and the pro-Beijing camp:
Wu [said] protests undermine the rule of law, weaken stability and jeopardize Hong Kong's economy. "Taking to the streets on December 4 is meaningless and not an effective tool to fight for universal suffrage," he said.Any tips from Sir Gordon on meaningful and effective tools would be most welcome.
One property tycoon's "mob politics" is another's "people power". If there's no other effective form of representation, how are Hong Kongers expected to express themselves? Especially when previous protests have managed to scupper the Article 23 legislation and lead to Tung Che-hwa's resignation. Against that Wu's Hopewell has failed for 20 years to get its massive Wan Chai redevelop rammed through the normally tractable Town Planning Board.
You could score it as Mob Politics 2, Hopewell 0.posted by Simon on 11.23.05 at 09:41 AM in the Hong Kong democracy/politics category.
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