Hong Kong Protests: Freedom Fighters or Hooligans?

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As the weeks go by, Hong Kong protests have grown more violent as the Chinese government continues to attack them. China views them as dangerous hooligans who need to be stopped. Most of the rest of the world sees them as freedom fighters.

Screenshot via SBS news/ @tictoc on Twitter

“Let me make it clear.We are now standing between the free world and the dictatorship of China. If we are in a new Cold War, then Hong Kong is the new Berlin. Hong Kong is now in the battlefield for two very different, opposing ideologies: Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights versus dictatorship  regardless of fundamental rights. I just hope the world could realize that Hong Kong people deserve democracy.” Joshua Wong, Protest leader

Police don’t seem to care where they throw tear gas, whether there are protesters or not. They have been seen beating protesters, arresting many. Asian gangs have also caused violence against the protesters.

The protesters waved American flags, sang the Star Spangled Banner, and called for President Trump to “liberate” Hong Kong from the Chinese. That won’t happen, of course, because HK was given to China in a deal with the British Government. But if the Chinese government tries something like the massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989, then things could change drastically.

Protesters halted their demonstrations on September 11, to honor those who were killed that fateful day in America. Chinese State media claimed the protesters were going to attack on that date, which was ludicrous.

The Hong Kong protests continue nightly, as thousands take over select malls. They have a new theme song: “Glory to Hong Kong” which has only existed for a short time, yet most of them have it memorized.

During a recent festival, Hong Kong protesters climbed local mountains with lights and laser pointers. Special “mooncakes” that are a tradition in that festival, were created with protest themes such as “Be Water.”

School aged children formed chains in a show of solidarity with the protesters.

Not all is peaceful in the Hong Kong protests. Pro-Beijing, Communist flag waving groups have begun to clash with the pro-democracy protesters, sometimes tearing apart their memorials. Some protesters have lost their temper and attacked those who confront them. They have trashed some public places and torn up turnstyles.

The international community should have seen the Hong Kong protests coming a long time ago. When Britain made the deal with China to return Hong Kong to their control, Hong Kong was a thriving hotspot of international commerce. China wanted it back because of that prosperity. But with this violence and protests, they are being hit squarely in the pocketbook.

The handover occurred on July 1, 1997. It was supposed to be a system of “one country two systems” and remain autonomous for 50 years. While they were promised universal suffrage (right to vote) under the basic law, they have not received it. Instead of free elections, they have an appointed administrator. The people of Hong Kong want their lives without the interference of the mainland government.

Are they hooligans or freedom fighters? You decide.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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