Arrested for Supporting a Vigil

HONG KONG—Police arrested two people they accused of using social media to promote a banned candlelight vigil commemorating the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, an annual event that is now seen as testing the limits of China’s crackdown on dissent.

Elaine Yu has this story in the WSJ.

This blog is about crime and not foreign affairs, so I rarely note stories like this one. However, as we debate issues of crime and constitutional limits in the United States, events like this provide a bit of perspective. The issues that we debate, such whether and under what circumstances it can be a crime to post on a social media a threat to murder your spouse, are light years removed from the misuse of criminal law in totalitarian dictatorships.

The two primary purposes of government are law enforcement and national defense; everything else is secondary. On this blog we discuss law enforcement a lot, but national defense is equally important. If China ever achieves its goal to become the world’s dominant military power, all of the freedoms of our Bill of Rights will be extinguished.

Today Hong Kong; tomorrow the world.

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