Violence at HK New Years Protests Is a Warning

Violence at HK New Years Protests Is a Warning

Violence at HK New Years Protests Is a Warning

While we were preparing for our New Years celebrations, protestors filled the streets of Hong Kong for a New Year’s Day demonstration. Surprisingly, Hong Kong police did not issue a letter of objection to the planned event, and thousands hit the streets, while organizers say a million Hong Kongers attended this demonstration for democracy. The protests began peacefully at 2:40 pm Hong Kong time, but violence soon erupted.

Around 5 pm, police arrested five people for vandalizing ATM machines, although some witnesses reported that police didn’t merely arrest the vandals. They beat them and dragged them back into the bank, out of view of other protestors.

Another witness reported that he saw nine undercover police beat two young adults near the bank:

“I saw a protester being beaten and she hadn’t done anything at all. She hadn’t vandalized at all.”

Of course onlookers became irate, and police employed pepper spray and water cannons to beat back the crowds. At about 5:30, police informed organizers that they were canceling the march. One protest leader reported that the police gave his group a mere 30 minutes to “evacuate” all protestors. Some Hong Kongers were still in staging areas, waiting their turn to march.

This isn’t the first time HK police have overreacted. Over months of protests, Hong Kong police have become more brutal in their attacks on protestors. In fact, American blogger Michael Yon posted a picture on Instagram of a new grenade launcher Hong Kong police have employed. Even worse, he reported that a British citizen was directing the police in their attacks on the protestors.

Plus, it appeared that the police arrested just about anyone in their paths — if shoppers or bystanders didn’t manage to leave quickly enough to suit the police, they caught them up in their snares. Phoebe Kong, Hong Kong correspondent for Deutsche Welle, tweeted that police were even arresting middle-aged women with shopping bags.

Let’s review again: why the violence? What is the problem with Hong Kongers? After all, they live on an island that has enjoyed prosperity for decades.

It’s simple, really. They want independence from Beijing. Because they know the brutality Communist China is capable of. As one protestor said:

“Compared to most people, we have fewer illusions about China.”

Beijing and its puppet, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, have no problem with turning up the violence on protestors. In fact, dignitaries from 18 countries wrote as much in an open letter to Lam:

“We have been horrified to see reports of police firing teargas, pepper spray and rubber bullets at close-range at shoppers, peaceful protesters and innocent bystanders on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and again on Saturday 28 December.”

Plus, they see what is happening to China’s Uighar Muslim minority, where Communist authorities are turning them into slave laborers and brainwashing them in prison camps. And for average Chinese citizens, the regime is ramping up its ability to spy on them, engulfing them in a digital totalitarian state.

In addition, Beijing is trying to undermine media freedom in both Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Do not forget the people of Hong Kong in the New Year. While American progressives fawn over would-be despots who would take your weapons, your speech on social media, and even the food you would consume in the name of “the planet,” Hong Kongers recognize tyranny looming over them. And they will not bend to those who would enslave them.

Let them be an example to freedom-loving Americans.

 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

1 Comment
  • Theo Moore says:

    The people of Hong Kong are their equivalent of our greatest generation who hit the beaches to turn back the nazi. The difference? My dad (third wave at Omaha beach) was armed, the people of Hong Kong are not. This is the future the one world crowd has in mind for us. If we fail in our nation the rest of the world will have to eat **** and die. If we succeed here than there is hope for the rest of the world.

    “We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.” Abraham Lincoln

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