Most of us have known for a long time, but it is still revealing to hear it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Beijing’s representative told the pan-democrats in Hong Kong, “The fact that you are alive shows the country’s civility and inclusiveness.” The original words were in Putonghua. So something might have been lost in the translation. But the core message is quite clear.
From their perspective, pan-democrats should be thankful that they are even allowed to survive. This is as far as Beijing is prepared to go. Don’t ever dream of an election in which pan-democrats can genuinely participate.
We can all stop dreaming now. Reality can be harsh and even cruel. But it is better to face up to it, and deal with it.