This photo from Appledaily Realtime, captured the moment when the leader of the pro-China thug group, “Caring Hong Kong Power”, Ms Sum Chan (陳淨心), ripped the British Hong Kong flag apart, during a rally outside the venue of third consultation forum of the Chief Executive on policy address and budget at Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon today.
Sum Chan was one of the many so-called “New Immigrants” who migrated to Hong Kong. The large influx of Chinese immigrants from mainland China has sparked debates on their sense of belongings and their loyalty to the identity as a Hong Konger.
These new immigrants were suspected of being the spies from the Communist China sabotaging the Hong Kong society, while the large influx of these new immigrants since the handover has caused severe scrambling of social resources. As the Hong Kong SAR Government has no right to scrutinize these immigrants nor has right on refusing to accept them as Hong Kong citizen, such policy is being widely criticized as the attempt to colonize Hong Kong, just like what the Chinese Communists has been doing in Tibet and Xinjiang.
The British Hong Kong flag has in recent years become the symbol among local political activists against Chinese intervention of Hong Kong. Under the Joint Declaration signed between the United Kingdom and China in 1984, “One Country, Two Systems” was a promise of China towards Hong Kong to keep its own systems and way of living after the handover. Though China paid lip service by claiming that “One Country, Two Systems” has been honoured all the time since the handover, China never stopped from intervening Hong Kong by picking puppet Chief Executives and broke its promise to deliver universal suffrage to Hong Kong citizens. Legal verdicts showed tendencies in favouring Chinese than Hong Kongers. Under such circumstances, the mood of nostalgia is widespread among Hong Kongers, who will prefer the return of the Queen. The Union Jack is the symbol of this sentiment shared by many of the locals, but of course, not those “New Immigrants” like Sum Chan, who received distorted education of patriotism by Chinese Communists. Blinded hatred towards “Western Imperialism” of these new neighbours reminded Hong Kongers of the Red Guards and Boxers.
So the rip of Sum Chan demonstrated that she was an alien among the locals, an invader against Hong Kongers, who despised the British colonial Hong Kong, and despised of the citizens who grew up in that period. Such rip was a provocation to Hong Kongers who treasure the systems of modern Western civilizations, a declaration to eradicate the locals with the “New Immigrants”, the new colonists with full support from Peking.
According to the Laws of Hong Kong, ripping the national flag committed an offence under “National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance”:
“A person who desecrates the national flag or national emblem by publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on it commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 3 years.”
Many social activists were convicted under this section in the past demonstrations for burning or damaging the “national flag”. National flag, of course, refers only to the flag of the People’s Republic of China. So Sum Chan was free from any offence by ripping of the British Hong Kong flag
That is exactly why Sum Chan could rip the flag before the locals with a smile of despise: she was perfectly ok to rip the colonial Hong Kong flag, while locals took the risk of being arrested by doing the same towards the Chinese flag.
This rip is therefore a perfect reminder to the Hong Kongers the essence of Chinese colonization in Hong Kong.