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What’s happening in Hong Kong?

 
 
Lash
 
Reply Tue 2 Jul, 2019 07:30 am
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/07/02/asia/china-hong-kong-protests-intl-hnk/index.html

Excerpt:

Beijing says 'radical' Hong Kong protests are an 'undisguised challenge'
By Ben Westcott and Nanlin Fang, CNN
Updated 8:01 AM EDT, Tue July 02, 2019


Hong Kong(CNN) The Chinese government has denounced Monday night's violent protests in Hong Kong as "radical," terming them an "undisguised challenge" to the city's system of governance.

A spokesman for China's State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said in a statement Tuesday that they strongly supported the city's government and police force and severely condemned vandalism by protesters.

"This kind of severe illegal action damages Hong Kong's rule of law, social order and hurts Hong Kong's fundamental interests," the statement said.


The comments come just hours after hundreds of mostly young, masked protesters stormed the city's legislature during demonstrations marking the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule.

Protesters destroyed portraits, computers and ceremonial displays, spray painting the walls with slogans such as "Hong Kong is not China yet."

A riot police stands near graffiti inside the Legislative Council building after it was damaged by demonstrators during a protest on July 2 in Hong Kong.
A riot police stands near graffiti inside the Legislative Council building after it was damaged by demonstrators during a protest on July 2 in Hong Kong.
The partial ransacking of the governmental complex follows almost a month of increasingly heated protests against a now suspended extradition bill, which critics say could erode Hong Kong's freedoms.

For weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have marched against the bill, leading to it being shelved though not formally withdrawn, while smaller -- but still substantial -- protests have clashed with police.

On Tuesday afternoon, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang issued a stern warning to any country who "interfered" in Hong Kong.

"Don't interfere in Hong Kong's domestic affairs in any kind of way. Don't support those violent criminals in any form. Don't send any misleading signals. Don't make any wrong actions," he said.

Geng accused countries expressing their support for the Hong Kong protesters as being "extremely hypocritical." "If the violence which happened to the Legislative Council in Hong Kong happened in Europe or the United States, how would they deal with it?" he asked.
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China just brake-checked us. Will this heighten tensions between China and countries who tacitly support HK citizens’ pushback against China’s new provocation?
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jul, 2019 09:11 am
@Lash,
This is just Tiananmen Square v2.o. Ultimately, China isn't going to be held to any negative consequences for their actions on their own citizens. And no... finger wagging (and that is all they'll end up getting) from other countries isn't a real consequence.
Lash
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jul, 2019 09:18 am
@tsarstepan,
I’m worried that China *is* going to show up —as you aptly characterize—and there’s not anything anyone can do. How much of this do people watch? It’s demoralizing.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jul, 2019 09:51 am
@Lash,
We shouldn't expect Trump to drop any criticism (sharp or otherwise) on the Chinese military actions against the protesters. Let alone threaten to bring economic sanctions against the government to help deescalate the violence completely down.
Lash
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jul, 2019 10:00 am
@tsarstepan,
Nobody ever does. China has always enjoyed Most Favored Nation status with us. I was first cognizant of it during the first Bush administration and I was so naive about politics. When Clinton promised (during campaign season) to remove China from our MFN status because of human rights violations, I was really impressed and gratified.

Of course, once elected, he didn’t. Nobody does. Probably far too lucrative a connection to break.

Odd. A Brit series I’m watching has Trump lobbing a nuke at China. Most Favored Nation...
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 2 Nov, 2019 03:48 am
The people demand an equitable, life-sustaining social contract. The World is In Revolution. Neoliberalism has failed.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/a-worldwide-revolution-is-underway/
Excerpt:
Puerto Rico. Hong Kong. Ecuador. Haiti. Lebanon. Iraq. And now, Chile. People are rising up around the world against austerity and corruption, defying police forces unleashed to suppress them. Many of these mass movements share a fierce critique of capitalism. In Santiago, Chile, more than 1 million people flooded the streets last weekend, and mass protests continue. There, the brutal Pinochet dictatorship from 1973-1990, during which thousands of progressive activists and leaders were tortured, disappeared and murdered, was followed by decades of neoliberal policies, with rampant privatization, union busting, stagnant wages and increased costs for education, health care, transportation and other services. Chile, among the richest countries in South America, is also one of the most unequal. At least 20 people have been killed during recent protests there, further angering and emboldening the crowds.

These global protests also occur at a critical inflection point in history, with as few as 10 years remaining for humanity to transition from a fossil fuel economy to one powered by renewable energy. On Wednesday, Chile’s embattled, billionaire president, Sebastian Pinera, abruptly announced that his country was cancelling plans to host two major international summits, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in mid-November, and the United Nations climate summit, the 25th “Conference of the Parties,” or COP25, in the first two weeks of December.

Carolina Schmidt, Chile’s COP25 president-designate, said, “The citizens have expressed in a strong way their legitimate social demands that require the full attention and all efforts from the government.”

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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 2 Nov, 2019 07:39 pm
I've been seeing it described as a war, today. I suspect that even if they quiet down, China will systematically eradicate the prominent protestors.
roger
 
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Reply Sat 2 Nov, 2019 10:26 pm
@edgarblythe,
I believe you.
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