For the week of Aug. 21, 2022:
Victor Ho is a wanted man. The Hong Kong Police say he has subverted state power by chairing a group behind a proposed virtual Hong Kong Parliament.
“We don’t call it exile, we just simply call it Hong Kong Parliament, because it is to prepare for a post-CCP Hong Kong,” Ho told host Bob Mackin from his home in Richmond, B.C.
Hong Kongers were supposed to get more democracy after the 1997 handover from the U.K. to China, which promised it would operate for at least 50 years under a “one country, two systems” rule. That all changed when Beijing imposed a national security law in 2020. Police have arrested journalists, lawyers and politicians not loyal to the Chinese Communist Party.
The former editor-in-chief of Sing Tao Daily’s Vancouver edition hosts Media Analytica on YouTube. He says he even had a visit from Canadian Security Intelligence Service agents concerned for his safety.
In a wide-ranging interview, Ho answers questions about the next steps in the Hong Kong Parliament project and Elmer Yuen, the businessman behind it.
Also, headlines from the Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest. Stick around to the 33:00 mark for this week’s Virtual Nanaimo bar, saluting the cast of thousands bringing us the 112th Pacific National Exhibition Fair through Labour Day.
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