By Patrick McShane
Third of a series.
In June, China imposed a sweeping new “national security law” on Hong Kong — threatening the personal privacy of nearly 7.6 million citizens and sending shivers throughout the global business community, including over 1,500 U.S. companies.
In these weekly reports, Digital Privacy News examines the ramifications of Beijing’s action. Today’s report discusses how the new law affects the daily lives of Hong Kong residents.
Life has drastically changed for Hong Kong’s nearly 7.6 million people, including its 90,000 American citizens, in the six weeks since Beijing imposed its sweeping “national security law.”
The law has snatched away the privacy in virtually every aspect of citizens’ lives, from education and entertainment to career advancement — even physical safety.
As a result, a growing “white terror” of political persecution has descended on the city.
Until recently, Hong Kong possessed what The Economist magazine in London called “a flawed democracy.”
But now, with the implementation of the security law, many feel that the city has become a police state.
“Overnight”, Lee Cheuk-yan, a Shanghai-born, former Hong Kong city legislator told reporters last month, “Hong Kong has gone from rule of law to rule by fear.”
In societies that are not fully free, political pressures can be implanted into a population with such subtility that early on, it’s almost impossible to perceive.
But it soon becomes as fearsome as sighting a shark fin during an ocean swim.Continue reading “China Law Makes ‘White Terror’ a New Reality in Hong Kong”