The new Hong Kong National Security Law imposed has forced democracy advocates to find new and creative ways to avoid prosecution, including holding up blank placards.
Some protesters have created placards using slogans taken out of the book “On Tyranny, Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.”
There's a lot of talk about clever ways of avoiding violating the National Security Law in HK, like blank posters. But some are pushing back. Their view (e.g. in posters below): Don't obey preemptively & do the gov's work for them. Instead, push the boundaries, "be courageous"! https://t.co/FLpDIqwG7y
— Katharin Tai 戴愷琳 (@Whitey_chan) July 6, 2020
The creator of the pictures posted on Facebook her thoughts after reading the book, and made stickers depicting various “lessons” along with excerpts from the volume.
One of the pictures includes a person kneeling on the ground with the sentence: “Do not obey in advance.”
Photo courtesy of Twitter另一張貼紙描繪一個人手拿著槍，底下寫著「持槍者 請反思」，似乎在影射港警。
Another seemingly aimed at local police depicts a person holding a gun captioned with “Be reflective if you must be armed.”
The new security law sanctions acts deemed to be secessionist, subversive, or terrorist, as well as foreign intervention in the city’s internal affairs as illegal, with the maximum penalty being life imprisonment.
As of press time, one protester has been charged with “terrorism” and “inciting secession” for driving a motorbike into police force last week while flying a “Liberate Hong Kong” banner, making it a first after the law came into effect.
Library authorities within the area have also announced a new policy to “review” books written by pro-democracy figures to determine whether they have violated the new law.