Soothing the anniversary blues, 5 years on: Hong Kong’s Umbrella movement was a lesson in civic engagement

There are dates on the calendar that bring back uncomfortable, distressing or even painful memories—of natural disasters, of gun violence, of bloody government crackdowns. They give us what pop psychologists call “anniversary blues.” Today is one of those days.

從言教到身教

我們制度並不是要靠英雄去維繫,而是需要靠每一個普通人去謹守自己的崗位。看到這些教授的執著,和對香港的這份愛,不禁也要反問自己在自己的崗位上,我又能為社會做此甚麼。

Hong Kong government tries to make an example of a small opposition party

A tiny and previously little-known political party with no presence in the legislature would have languished on the fringes of Hong Kong’s political sphere were it not for attempts by the city’s government to crush the group.

Now, the Hong Kong National Party finds itself in the limelight, raised to an unaccustomed level of prominence in a dispute that is fast becoming a test for the city’s autonomy.

Lawfare Waged by the Hong Kong Government Is Crushing the Hopes of Democrats

Law is being used to silence the democracy movement in Hong Kong.

One in three pro-democracy legislators has been prosecuted by the government since the Umbrella Movement of 2014. More than 100 democracy activists and protestors have been prosecuted. The secretary of justice has constantly sought to maximize sentencing, slapping years of jail time on young students and digging up obscure, outdated charges – designed for 19th century Britain, not 21st  century Hong Kong – to increase the time that pro-democracy figures spend in jail.

法政匯思就近來抨擊戴耀廷之聲明 (Statement Regarding Recent Remarks on Benny Tai Yiu-Ting)

法政匯思就香港特區政府、建制派政團及媒體對香港大學法律系副教授戴耀廷(下稱「戴教授」)於2018 年3 月24 日在台灣發表的言論,作出毫無根據的指控深表不安。(The Progressive Lawyers Group is deeply troubled by the groundless accusations levelled against Mr. Benny Tai Yiu-ting, associate law professor at the University of Hong Kong, by the Hong Kong Government, other pro-establishment political groups and media over comments given by Professor Tai at a seminar in Taiwan on 24th March 2018.)

【法政巴絲】精人中的精人?

//但佔中三子到底煽惑了誰?如果他們是「精人中的精人」,那麼誰是被煽惑去煽惑他人的「精人」?似乎連提控的律政司一方亦不太清楚。三子的代表律師稱曾去信律政司查問,但控方未能提供有關資料。僅指包括佔中糾察、義工及支持者。若控方真的把他們當成「精人」,這麼龐大和含糊的定義將如何在無合理疑點的情況下證明到「精人」們有受煽惑去煽惑他人?香港法院將如何處理這群「精人中的精人」的雙重煽惑仍是未知之數。//
請看我們成員寶福山雅治@法政巴絲,今期就「佔中三子」被控的「雙重煽惑」控罪,為我們作有趣精闢的分析

寫於佔中被捕者審訊之始

敬愛的Benny, Dr Chan, 朱牧:

因工作關係,我上星期四沒有到東區法院聲援你們,但心裡總是牽掛著你們與一眾被告人士。我知道,你們擁有精英的團隊為你們提供法律支援,我更知道,你們內心強大,才能無畏無懼。打從運動之初,你們早就強調佔中重點是透過自我犧性去暴露現存政治制度的不公義,並籍此表達對這城市前路的關愛。面對隨之而來的司法判決,你們根本不害怕承擔罪責,這些承擔也從不影響你們推動民主的決心。

【法政匯絲】最緊要人多

「Rosona,禮拜日投票,你覺得我應該投邊個好?」一班同事lunch time食完嘢,Danise突然煞有介事地問。「投票係個人選擇,你鍾意投邊個,咪投邊個囉!」