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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Occupy Central - the Chief Executive Speaks Out
In strict legal terms, CY Leung's warning against Occupy Central may be accurate. But as in so many other aspects of his "leadership", it betrays an alarming unfamiliarity with the real world. The fact is, we all break the law regularly. Just about everyone in Hong Kong is at some time guilty of, for example: jaywalking, speeding, illegal parking, bringing home a little more than the duty-free allowance when returning from overseas, eating on public transport, smoking in a no-smoking area, or (like Leung himself), making unauthorised alterations to our homes. These are offences of the type classified in American law as misdemeanours - they may be against the law, but no one really thinks of themself as a criminal for doing them. They form the middle ground that Leung tells us does not exist.
Yes, Occupy Central would be illegal - but what type of illegal?