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White Terror


FADE IN:

INT. CHAMBERS - DAY

Reception. PETER is chatting with a SECRETARY (40s)

PETER (V.O.)

She poses a lot of questions

to me about the current Hong

Kong turmoil. I can feel her

fear induced by perceived

threat.

INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT

Having just sit down and turned on the TV, Peter's phone rings.

CALLER (O.S.)

Peter, which side are you on?

I've enquiries to make and

would like to hear your views

as to what we can do to help

resolve the Hong Kong

problem.

PETER

(To phone)

...I'm going to send you a

link to my main website. If

you're interested, just read

my blog posts for the past

several weeks.

INT. SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT

Peter taps a bedside radio button before going to sleep. We hear late night news...and then an interviewee's remark:...White Terror!

PETER (V.O.)

What a familiar label!

FLASHBACK

INT. OFFICE - DAY (2012)

Peter reads newspaper cuttings and incoming emails.

PETER (V.O.)

In opposing the Copyright

(Amendment) Bill, the

netizens are accusing me

that I'm deploying White

Terror.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Copyright is an economic

right. If they want to use

others' works, they've to

seek consent or pay

royalties. Copyright works

made available on the web

doesn't mean that their

owners have waived

copyright.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

What the netizens are against

isn't the Bill, but the existing

law. They've the desire to

use others' works and fear

that they'd be prosecuted.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Without blatant copying,

it seems that netizens

can't exercise their

freedom of expression.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

But it's unfair to free-ride

on the results of others'

intellectual efforts. The

legal standards being

applied in Hong Kong are

international ones, the

US applies them and so

is Mainland China.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Everything is shared is

basically a communist's

value.

END FLASHBACK

Peter researches with his mobile device.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd) "White Terror" originally

refers to a movement

against the French

Revolution (1794-1795).

White was the colour of

the Bourbons and their

kings ruled France from

1589-1792. "White Terror"

was an attack launched

against the individuals/

terrorists, and all those

who did well since the

French Revolution 1789.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

In Hong Kong these days,

I just take "White Terror"

as a convenient label for

anyone who wants to

badmouth something but

running out of reason.

Peter investigates further.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

"White Terror" was

essentially a series of

uncoordinated attacks

by local activists who

shared common fear

and desire but no central

organisation.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

If defined in the way it was, the structure of

Hong Kong protests

isn't dissimilar from the

"White Terror" movement.

While activists of opposing

camps attack each other,

the silent majority in Hong

Kong suffers indirectly

as Hong Kong might die.

EXT. SWIMMING POOL - DAY

Peter practises strokes in a corner.

PETER (V.O.)

Why there're so many

people claiming noble

beliefs than is the case?

Don't they have moral

conscience? Do they

really love Hong Kong?

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Whenever I hear people

say: "...to be honest..."

I know his/her moral

conscience is at work.

I'd listen to the part that

immediately follows.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

One of the root causes

of Hong Kong's current

turmoil is obvious: the

practice of dishonesty

and the use of violence

gain the day.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

It's high time Hong Kong

turned around against the

such anti-Hong Kong

culture.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

But changing beliefs or

or waking up the mass-

hypnotized 15% of

Hongkongers through

re-education by allaying their perceived fear and

suppressing their wild

desire is only a long-

term strategy.

INT. CLUBHOUSE - NIGHT

Peter reads a newspaper report with a feature photo.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

What's this Policy Innovation

and Co-ordination Office? The Office has a Lennon

Wall of post-it notes? Did

the Office innovate it as

a Government policy?

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

BBC news reports some airline staff are sitting in at the Arrival Hall of the Hong Kong International Airport.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Everybody seems excited

to jump on the bandwagon

and share some limelight.

Do they want to turn the

current White Terror into

a Red one?

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

History records lots of

violence and persecutions

in "White Terrors". The

latest and longest one

was in Taiwan (1947-

1987). During the period,

around 3000-4000 were

executed and 140,000

were imprisoned.

Peter sighs.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

There's a lot that Hong

Kong can learn from the

White Terrors. For the

common good of Hong

Kong, we should stop

supporting the anti-Hong

Kong "White Terror"

movement now!

FADE OUT. The End

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