Wiretap: Hong Kong liberties as ‘unmentionable topics’
Can China stay China and Hong Kong stay Hong Kong at the same time? That may be the question at the center of the Hong Kong protests. The New Yorker writes that in the crackdown last year, when activists and journalists across the country were arrested, party leaders sent out a private notice listing seven “unmentionable topics.” Most of those topics — free press, pro-market liberalism, “nihilist” criticisms of the Party history — are the liberties that define the Hong Kong protests today.
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[ Hong Kong protest photo by Shiv. ]
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