Hong Kong’s twenty-somethings are probably not old enough to remember when the Union Jack was struck for the last time over their homeland and the People’s Republic of China’s flag rose, representing the handover from one overlord to another.
As mainland China has exerted more and more control over its small and prosperous semi-autonomous bastion of capitalism, much of the flavor of democratic rule and personal liberty has evaporated. A bill which allowed extradition of Hong Kong citizens to the mainland has ignited a new round of demonstrations, with the mobs becoming ever more bold.
This morning, protestors armed with large metal carts broke windows in Hong Kong’s legislative building in an attempt to break in, while armed riot police braced inside.
“Some radical protesters stormed the Legislative Council Complex with extreme violence,” a government spokesman said in a statement. “These protesters seriously jeopardized the safety of police officers and members of the public. Such violent acts are unacceptable to society.”
In Hong Kong, these acts against a government increasingly infringing upon a guarantee of “one nation, two systems” given in 1997 are in truth an acceptable use of mob action. In this case, the Communist central government is perpetrating a power grab, and Beijing’s handpicked leader Carrie Lam knows it.
Lam suspended the extradition bill on June 15, but the crowds want the bill scrapped completely, which the mainland government led by Xi Jinping has not given her permission to do.
The mob action and protests in Hong Kong are really a reaction against the inevitable takeover of Hong Kong, and loss of all liberties for its citizens. At some point, it will become clear exactly what Beijing is prepared to do to quell the mob.
Will China use the kind of force that in Tiananmen Square resulted in up to ten thousand killed and thousands more injured? Or will it give Hong Kongers another decade of self-determination, and perhaps renewed hope for a time?
The world is watching, and making the world watch is what mobs do best, especially when they are properly used to resist the tyranny of a government set against the rule of law.
Knowing this will get a reaction, I still have to go here. Contrast this with the Antifa mobs and elite faux “Resistance” of celebrities, and virtue signaling corporations in the U.S. set against Donald Trump. The same people who are better off financially, are able to speak their minds unfettered, and have suffered no more than insulting words from Trump think Hong Kong style mobs are necessary in America.
These same elites make peace and money with China and other places where large corporations routinely bow to Communist demands. I hear their silence on Hong Kong’s protestors loud and clear.