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Thomas Lifson
August 4, 2019


While Americans are focusing on two horrible mass shootings in our country, the situation in Hong Kong is getting downright scary. The people there have been officially warned that troops will fire upon them, via a video posted to the official social media account of the People’s Liberation Army portraying PLA troops shooting at rioters.

Sunday, Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protestors, as the New York Times reports:

Thousands of antigovernment demonstrators in Hong Kong kicked off the second of three straight days of large-scale civil disobedience on Sunday, as riot police again fired tear gas to disperse protest crowds.

The demonstrations on Sunday came a day after violent street clashes erupted between protesters and riot police officers, resulting in more than 20 arrests.​

What makes this scary is the planned general strike for Monday, that it is hoped will shut down the city. The New York Post editorial board fears for a massacre:

After eight weeks of huge Hong Kong street protests against Beijing’s rule, the People’s Republic is massing police and soldiers just across the border. Message: If the protesters don’t quit, a bloodbath is coming.

Beijing has also started denouncing the protests as the work of American provocateurs. That’s so the regime can paint its Tiananmen Square-style crackdown as a battle against “foreign influence,” not a smashing of Chinese people who decided all on their own that they’d rather be free.​

President Xi realizes that the one thing that can unite the fractious Chinese people, who have many things to complain about, given the corruption that is a way of life there, the absolutist rule they face, and now the tanking economy, is anti-foreign agitation. China has deep, legitimate grievances over they way it suffered at the hands of foreign governments, starting with the deliberate supply of opium in the 18th century by first British, and then other Western powers (including American “China traders”). Not only was mass addiction fostered, a successful war was fought tobe able to continue and expand that narcotics trade.

Prior to the mass opium addiction, China was in the driver’s seat when it came to trade, running trade surpluses so vast that Britain experienced a monetary crisis owing to the shipment of silver to China to pay for all the Chinese goods that Western consumers demanded – from tea and porcelain to wallpaper and silk – and could not obtain from non-Chinese sources. The Qianlong Emperor wrote a famous letter to King George III stating (among many other things):

…our Celestial Empire possesses all things in prolific abundance and lacks no product within its own borders. There was therefore no need to import the manufactures of outside barbarians in exchange for our own produce. But as the tea, silk and porcelain which the Celestial Empire produces, are absolute necessities to European nations and to yourselves, we have permitted, as a signal mark of favour, that foreign hongs [merchant firms] should be established at Canton, so that your wants might be supplied and your country thus participate in our beneficence.​

The arrogance of the emperor was not solidly founded, for Western nations had superior weapons – and used them. All Chinese know this history and regard their decline and fall to military, economic, and social chaos at the hands of the West as a crime. Appeals to nationalism have deep resonance.

I am not saying that bloody repression and blaming the West is inevitable, but it is an option for Xi, one that would address domestic issues for him. But it would also come at a heavy price, for China’s efforts to target and wait out President Trump, hoping for his defeat in 2020, depend on maintaining and expanding ties with the advanced nations of the West (and Japan and South Korea). Exploiting such a division would be difficult if Hong Kongers are slaughtered. And China – and various politically influential people in China – makes a lot of money and is able to enjoy access to personal financial flexibility through Hong Kong’s special status. Hong Kong's importance is far greater than the three percent or so of China's GDP that it accounts for.

I have my fingers crossed that there will be no mass slaughter tomorrow, or ever, in Hong Kong. But I would not bet a lot of money on it.




https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/08/hong_kong_teeters_on_the_edge_of_a_mass_slaughter_.html
 

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Hong Kong Govt: Protests Pushing City to 'Extremely Dangerous Edge'

04 August 2019


Hong Kong's government said violence and illegal protests were pushing the city to an "extremely dangerous edge," as police fired multiple rounds of tear gas to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters on Sunday and Beijing said it would not let the situation persist.

The Chinese-controlled city, an Asian financial hub, has been rocked by months of protests that began against a proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China and have developed into calls for greater democracy.

A general strike aimed at bringing the city to a halt is planned for Monday. Many flight departures were shown as being canceled on Monday and a source and media reports said this was due to aviation workers planning to strike.

Late on Sunday, hundreds of masked protesters blocked major roads, spray painted traffic lights, started fires and prevented transport from entering the Cross-Harbour Tunnel linking Hong Kong island and the Kowloon peninsula.

"We sprayed the traffic light because we don't want traffic to work tomorrow and we don't want citizens to go to work," said one protester who was clad from head to toe in black.

Riot police confronted the protesters, who have adopted flash tactics, shifting quickly from place to place to evade capture and using online platforms such as Telegram to direct hundreds of people.

In a strongly worded statement late on Sunday the government said the events of the day showed once again that violence and illegal protests were spreading and pushing Hong Kong toward what it called "the extremely dangerous edge."

Such acts had already gone far beyond the limits of peaceful and rational protests and would harm Hong Kong's society and economic livelihood, it said.

After the peaceful demonstrations finished earlier on Sunday, protesters blocked roads in the town of Tseung Kwan O in the New Territories, set up barricades and hurled hard objects including bricks at a police station.

Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters after a separate rally in the island's Western district where thousands of people gathered to urge authorities to listen to public demands.

Protesters had begun a march towards China's Liaison Office, which has been a flashpoint at previous protests.

'PARALYSING TRAFFIC'

Later on Sunday night, police fired tear gas in the shopping area of Causeway Bay to dispel protesters, forcing stores and popular shopping malls including Times Square to close early.

Police said the protesters were "participating in an unauthorized assembly," similar to Saturday when they fired multiple tear gas rounds in confrontations with black-clad activists in the Kowloon area.

The protests have become the most serious political crisis in Hong Kong since it returned to Chinese rule 22 years ago after being governed by Britain since 1842. They have also presented the biggest popular challenge to Chinese leader Xi Jinping in his seven years in power.

China's official news agency Xinhua said on Sunday: "The central government will not sit idly by and let this situation continue. We firmly believe that Hong Kong will be able to overcome the difficulties and challenges ahead."

During the night, protesters split into several different directions to disrupt transport networks. Police said they were "seriously paralyzing traffic and affecting emergency services" and warned them to stop immediately.

The leaderless nature of the protests has seen participants adopt a strategy called "be water," inspired by a maxim of the city's home-grown martial arts legend, Bruce Lee, that encourages them to be flexible or formless.

Police said more than 20 people had been arrested since Saturday for offenses including unlawful assembly and assault.

'REVOLUTION'

During Sunday protesters marched and brandished colored leaflets, calling for a mass strike across Hong Kong on Monday and shouting "Restore Hong Kong" and "Revolution of our time."

"We're trying to tell the government to (withdraw) the extradition bill and to police to stop the investigations and the violence," said Gabriel Lee, a 21-year-old technology student.

Lee said he was particularly angered that the government was not responding to protesters' demands or examining the police violence.

What started as a response to the now suspended extradition bill has grown into demands for greater democracy and the resignation of leader Carrie Lam.

"Even if Carrie Lam resigns, its still not resolved. It's all about the Communist Party, the Chinese government," said Angie, a 24-year-old working for a non-government organization.

On Saturday, protesters set fires in the streets, outside a police station and in rubbish bins.

Thousands of civil servants joined in the protests on Friday for the first time since they started, defying a warning from authorities to remain politically neutral.

PROTEST TACTICS

The protests have adapted rapidly since the start of June with the movement spreading from the Admiralty area, where the legislative council is located, across to the whole city for the first time.

Previous protests have also targeted mainland visitors to try to make them understand the situation in Hong Kong, which is officially termed a Special Administrative Region of China.

Young people have mostly been at the forefront of the protests, angry about broader problems including sky-high living costs and what they see as an unfair housing policy skewed towards the rich.

Hong Kong has been allowed to retain extensive freedoms, such as an independent judiciary but many residents see the extradition bill as the latest step in a relentless march toward mainland control.

Months of demonstrations are taking a growing toll on the city's economy, as local shoppers and tourists avoid parts of its famed shopping districts.




https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/hongkong-protests/2019/08/04/id/927247/
 
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