by Gerald Miles
"Sadly, like a jealous lover the Chinese state in its quest for control can suffer no rivals. Over time they have slowly eroded the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and persecuted those who actively lead opposition to them. Three of the great young men of their generation, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were imprisoned recently for a crime that they had already once been punished for. That crime is leading the Umbrella Movement; for organising that non-violent assembly of people they had already been given (and completed) a lengthy sentence of community service. In an apparent deliberate attempt to further harass them, the Chinese government has retrospectively appealed their case and in effect found them guilty again and issued a new punishment (in breach of the solid legal principle of double jeopardy, that you cannot be retried again and again for the same offence). The fact that they were punished once for peaceful protest causes anger in the Conservative mind, but the fact that they can (at the command of the state) be effectively re-tried and punished a second time is a cause for howling outrage."