The anti-extradition rally turned violent today (it’s after midnight in Hong Kong as I write this). The South China Morning Post (SCMP) published a running blog with imagery of events in Hong Kong on the 13th.
The protest gathered slowly and peacefully in the morning. The apparent trigger for more aggressive action was the arrival around noon of legislators at the Legislative Council building to debate the amendments to the Fugitive Offenses Ordinance and a related ordinance. Then things got nasty and the Hong Kong Police fired more than 150 tear gas canisters to disburse the protesters.
It’s not just anti-extradition that is at stake, and hauling Hong Kong Chinese to mainland China and the tender mercies of the PRC that are at stake. It’s the ‘one country, two systems’ philosophy. The Red Chinese have been trying to woo Taiwan into their orbit using means fair and foul, but THIS shows how the Beijing government handles dissent in “another system”.
Clashes with the riot police went on for about three hours in earnest. Authorities said 21 police officers were injured. Medical officials reported 72 civilians treated for injuries, two people were seriously injured.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang strongly denounced rumors that the People’s Liberation Army will be deployed to clear the streets of Hong Kong.
“I can assure you that it is a groundless rumor designed to mislead the public and incite panic. Such heinous intention must be condemned,” Geng said.
Will Taiwan accept the blandishments of Beijing now? Will they follow Hong Kong into the dragon’s mouth with promises?
International judgment that the principle of “one country, two systems” has failed is coming. And this on the heels of economic woes in the worker’s paradise.
Hong Kong belongs to communist China and the public disorders in Hong Kong are China’s internal affair. The implications of that seem lost or deliberately played down. The central leadership has very limited tolerance for public expressions of dissent. Millions of people in Hong Kong are expected to return to the streets tomorrow.
I always figured it was just a matter of time before this happened.
Yellow vests in Europe, unrest in Hong Kong, and the mess that is Venezuela. Seems the elites are under fire in many places and the unrest continues to grow. will it stop, or continue to grow?
I just got off the phone with China. The developments don’t play well in Beijing. They’d like to send the People’s Liberation Army in but they can’t. It’s not Tienanmin Square, 30 years ago and it’s a million protestors
The Hong Kong situation will get worse.
The Yellow Vests can vote…
People want to be treated fairly. Imagine the US under Bernie or Spartacus Booker?
Thank you for the update.
Praying for Hong Kong; though it may not help.
Prayers are always worth it.
praying always helps though wee may not see it.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the PLA in the streets soon.
Well that's strange, people don't want to extradited to the workers paradise?!?
Maybe we can help. 45 agrees to "soften the deal" by extraditing valuable intel assets to the Celestial Kingdom. They get Comey, Clapper, Brennan. We get Chinese marketshare, Hong Kong gets peace.
Comey, Clapper, Brennan AND BERNIE would all be more comfortable there. And while you’re at it, send all of the odious reporters from MSNBC and CNN
It would cause the HK money to flee… bad for business, good for the US, Canada and the U.K.
Dammit, let's throw in Pelosi too.
Protesting is really going to crash their social credit score.
1.3 million Chinese just flipped off Beijing. And that terrifies their oligarch masters. Hong Kong has had a long drink of freedom.
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