(Photo Source: Screenshot of the “Dark Corner Dirty Cops” during the Occupation in 2014)
Democratic Party’s Chairman, Wu Chi Wai, said he would request the Chief Executive to exercise his executive powers in pardoning of the “Dark Corner Seven” as well as Chu King Wai, the cop who assaulted a passing civilian during the 2014 protest, if charges against selected 2014 sit-in demonstrators were dropped in exchange. Wu emphasized the pardon of sit-in protesters but with a catch, which is the exclusion of the 2015 Mongkok uprising participators, and those who were charged with physical confrontations during the 2014 occupation, from the proposed pardon list. His suggestion received the Civic Party’s support, including their upcoming star Alvin Yeung, who had received much public fanfare.
Right to pardon righteous protesters, but not for dirty cops
The Democratic Party and Civic Party’s unbelievable call for “letting the public assailants go”, so that they and their pan-democrat buddies could avoid being part of the political purge, is unethical and immoral. In terms of human justice, the 2014 occupants risked their own lives fighting for a fair election, where their only violations are the unjust “illegal gathering” law and creating traffic obstructions, pardoning them would have been the just thing to do; the only reason why this had not occurred, is due to the Umbrella Revolution’s failure and the Hong Kong SAR regime’s usual compliance to Beijing. Ergo, the charges against the demonstrators had to be that of political persecution, disguised as maintaining the Rule of Law.
Police superintendent Chu King-Wai and the seven cops, on the other hand, is guilty as charged for exceeding their legal bounds; their assaulting members of the public is undeniably a criminal act, the victims’ injuries are there to see. No matter how the establishment and the police force tries to whitewash the act in the media, all they can muster up in defense is citing the immense pressure the accused faced, rather than any actual justice being carried out. There is absolutely no reason for a pardon.
However, the pan-democrats would say that any talk of ethical principles is just being an armchair strategist, arguing that pardoning certain individuals as part of this political deal is the most pragmatic. So let’s say the HKSAR regime thinks that just pardoning the Seven and Chu King Wai, in exchange for pan-democrat leaders and protesters is not enough, that they would also add the cop found guilty of molesting his underage daughter and another guilty of rape into the pardon for there to be an equal exchange, would the pan-democrats still agree that the deal is beneficial?
A worse deal than any other commercial trade
Let us talk about basic trading knowledge instead of political maneuvering; by this we mean the exchange of goods, which is the simultaneous exchange of goods and money. You see how much you have to pay and what you are getting in return, and yet, the pan-democrats’ proposed exchange is worse than this. What the pan-democrats want the society to fork out is the letting the Seven and Chu King Wai go free, but what will Hong Kongers get in return? It’s simply a number of people, but whether is a group of people or just a few people are unclear, neither are the standards by which the pardon are issued. Who would be pardoned? Is it those who have been charged, or does it include occupants who have not yet been charged? The pan-democrats stressed that the pardon would not include occupants who advocated for more physical approaches, but how do we define that? Does that include those who charged onto the road, or those who resisted arrest? Again, all of this is up to the opposition’s definition.
What we can be sure of, is that the pan-democrats would have privately arranged deals with the HKSAR regime for notable pan-democrat leaders to be released; this is the only actual benefit that the pan-democrats would have a chance to control.
Democrats never intended to protest, only look to surrender
Letting the dirty cops go free in order to save the hides of the pan-democrat leadership, not only is it self-serving and selfish, but it is also whipping up commotion out of thin air; for during the occupation, they had done absolutely nothing. Did they occupy roads? No. Did they guard the occupied area from the cops? No. Neither did they had a part in expanding the occupation area, nor rally more people to occupy – Benny Tai did call to rally for three days straight but his “Occupy Central” never happened. All the pan-democrats did is to continuously trying to disperse the crowd, or skulking to one side in tears getting their photos take by journalists, some taking students on a tour of the occupation area with a wireless microphone in hand, otherwise just walking and standing around aimlessly; they had never taken part in the occupation, but made a big fuss over surrendering themselves to the cops towards the end. They made much ado about nothing, ensnaring themselves in traps of their own creation. They fabricated a scene for themselves to be arrested, when that didn’t go as planned, they walked into the hands of the police. When they are charged, they immediately throw away all righteous reasoning they pretended to have and expressed their fear of being in jail. This is why they are unabashed about sacrificing the justice which citizens of Hong Kong sought – those who were victims of the Seven Cops and Chu King Wai – as well as their chance to seek compensation, in exchange for the safety of the Pan-Democrats leadership.
Oh how awe-inspiring are the pan-democrats! “Release the Dark Corner Dirty Cops, Prosecute the Martyrs; End Pan-Democrat’s persecution, build a peaceful Hong Kong!” Perhaps the Pan-Democrats should change their slogans to this one during their protest marches every June Fourth and First of July.