The people in Hong Kong are making it clear that they do not want to be subjected to the tyrannical rule of Beijing.
The leftwing shitbags in America should take a good look at this. These protesters understand the importance of freedom and democracy far better than they.
Protesters in Hong Kong waving the American flag and singing the American National anthem as they advocate for democracy. Wow! pic.twitter.com/CKyFstud22
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) August 12, 2019
From The New York Post
Up to 2 million people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest in recent weeks.
The immediate trigger was an “extradition agreement” that China had demanded the city’s usually complaisant Legislative Council to pass. The agreement would put every Hong Konger who got on the wrong side of the Beijing authorities at risk of being hustled across the border where they would be at the mercy of China’s notoriously corrupt criminal justice system.
But the real causes of the unrest go much deeper.
China has been stealthily encroaching on the freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kongers since seizing control of the former British crown colony in 1997. Beijing began pre-selecting candidates for “Chief Executive” in 2014, a move that led to the Umbrella Revolution of that year.
More recently, Chinese public-security agents have been arresting — even kidnapping — Hong Kongers who criticize Beijing. Publishers have disappeared on trips to China in retaliation for releasing books critical of the Communist leadership. And in January, a Chinese-Canadian billionaire was abducted from Hong Kong by Chinese agents.
The people of Hong Kong were understandably alarmed by Beijing’s heavy-handed actions.
In fact, it was public anger at these abductions that led directly to China’s push for a formal extradition agreement — a clumsy attempt by the Beijing authorities to paper over their lawless actions with the fig leaf of a formal agreement.
The original Hong Kong agreement, negotiated between Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping, was supposed to guarantee citizens freedoms for 50 years — a full half-century — after China’s 1997 takeover.
China’s Communist dictators, however, are no great respecters of agreements. They were never comfortable with the “one country, two systems” formula that — on paper at least — puts Hong Kong’s separate political and economic “system” beyond their direct control.
For the moment, despite the ongoing protests, China is still content to operate through puppets like their handpicked chief executive, Carrie Lam, who decided to table the extradition agreement, hoping that this would quell the unrest.
……But Beijing has reserved its real rancor for the British, who had the gall to suggest China should actually abide by its treaty obligations towards Hong Kong.
When British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt suggested that China should respect the rights and freedoms set down in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang accused Hunt of “grossly interfering in Hong Kong affairs” and laboring under a “colonial illusion.”
As far as the Sino-British agreement itself was concerned, China’s Foreign Ministry declared it “no longer has any practical significance.”
That’s what happens when you ask China to keep its word.
This is one of those important stories that gets buried in the news and the consciousness of the world, but needs to be paid attention.
This is what greeted the people of Hong Kong when the British transferred power over the territory back to China in 1997:
4000 PLA troops entered the city ten minutes after the British Governor skipped merrily on his way to the airplane to go home.
Hong Kong isn’t used to being under such imposed restrictions. Say what you will about British colonization, it was a hell of a lot better than Chi-com oppression of civil rights.
That “one country, two systems” agreement is doomed to fail. People tend to forget that mainland China is still ruled by a totalitarian communist state that imprisons dissidents for opposing the tyranny in Beijing.
If Hong Kong looks as if it’s trying for independence, the brutality of Tienanmen Square will pale in comparison.
We should support Hong Kong in every way possible.