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Here Cometh the Thought Police 思想警察來了

The notion that national security will one day be invoked to silence dissent comes at no surprise to hardened Hong Kongers. Commentators, academics and filmmakers have long prophesied that doomsday scenario. The writing has been on the wall for years, and the arrival of an anti-subversion law is a matter of when, not if. 
We just didn’t think it would happen so soon, at least not before the return of Article 23 that the city has fought so hard to keep at bay. 
But that day is now upon us. 

On Tuesday, the Security Bureau unceremoniously handed Andy Chan Ho-tin (陳浩天), convener of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (香港民族黨), a demand for HKNP to justify its existence or be banned in three weeks. 
Attached to that ultimatum were hundred of pages of police evidence detailing the many ways HKNP has “recruited members”, “conducted propaganda” and “infiltrated schools”—allegations that are more often associated with a Beijing operative. 
The Hong Kong government’s unprecedented mo…