The new national security law imposed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Hong Kong becomes a challenge for the defenders of autonomy, now forced to create new symbols to express their desire for freedom.
From one day to the next, all forms of expression resembling political slogans were banned. If interpreted as incitement to subversion, secession, terrorism, or foreign collusion, any such expression could mean the accused spending the rest of their life in prison.
The motivation for defending their autonomy is so great that pro-democracy citizens show creativity in keeping the fervor alive among their followers by resorting to new cultural resources.
“In a public space, one could say nothing or use ‘officially approved’ language to protect oneself,” explained Chan Kin-man (陳健民), adding: “But hidden language is something that cannot be forbidden by law,” according to the Taipei Times of July 5.
Chan is an associate professor of sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, one of the founders of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace campaign. For years, the campaign has fought for the rights obtained as a British ex-colony, which were suddenly annihilated by the CCP.
According to the new strategies, a phrase from China’s national anthem can be agreed upon as revolutionary, instead of the popular protest slogan: “Free Hong Kong, the revolution of our times,” now illegal, but reduced to just the initials would still be equivalent: “GFHG, SDGM.” Another version is the pronunciation in Cantonese dialect of the numbers “3219 0246.”
The new covenants also paraphrase the motto of US President Donald Trump: “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) by making it “Make Hong Kong Great Again,” although verbalized in English.
Another example is a café that replaced its billboard with blank memos, alluding to the famous phrase by French writer Saint Exupery in his book The Little Prince: “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
For Chan “Suppression catalyzes people to fight, the people of Hong Kong will definitely respond more actively, it’s just that it could happen in a less clear area,” he also recalled that the residents of the continent express their anger towards the government with a wink and a nod.
On the other hand, many of the dissidents reside abroad, driven by the same tireless motivation to restore the autonomy and freedom that their people have come to know.
Among them is billionaire Miles Guo, who led the integration of the New Federal State of China. He intends to obtain the representation and administration of the Chinese nation, once the CCP is disqualified, according to a video reviewed in the alternative media Gnews.