The People’s Republic of China is reaching deep into Hong Kong to arrest—now more than 50—people who had the effrontery of running in opposition parties for the city’s legislative body or otherwise demurring from the city’s Chief Executive policies and those of the central government in Beijing.
Carrie Lam’s rationalization (paraphrased by The Wall Street Journal) of the arrests and of the law passed in order to effect the arrests is dispositive regarding the role of the people and of government in Hong Kong and in the PRC.
[T]he opposition’s goal of objecting to every policy initiative of the government may fall into the category of subverting state power.
Objecting to state policy is subverting state power.
Government’s role, says the PRC government, is to rule, and the people’s role is the subservient one: to obey.