The President of the United States has unfortunately referred to the current events in Hong Kong as “riots,” which multiple organizations and people in Hong Kong say has only emboldened the Chinese Communist authorities.
Hong Kong citizens have been protesting increasingly against the Communist Chinese slowly eroding the rule of law and democratic rights in Hong Kong. Those rights were promised when the British handed over the island to China in the nineties.
Hong Kong protestors are waving American flags in the streets and singing our Star Spangled Banner. While there are those in this country taking knees to protest our anthem and flag, the Hong Kong protestors are taking tear gas, fists to their faces, and billy clubs to their backs as they hoist our flag. It is a symbol to them of freedom and democracy.
Right now, they could use the Leader of the Free World saying a kind word for them. They could use American leaders as a whole to stand with them and their democratic rights.
They just need a kind word from President Trump and our political leaders. The people of Hong Kong see the United States as a shining city on a hill even now when so many here do not. We need to take some of that shine and cast it on them to give them hope.
Mr. President, please speak up.