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Fri Jun 14, 2019, 12:29 PM

Hong Kong Is on the Frontlines of a Global Battle For Freedom

Hong Kong Is on the Frontlines of a Global Battle For Freedom
By Feliz Solomon
June 13, 2019

I have several friends in Honk Kong, Where are AMERICANS protesting what is happening here??

BOLD is mine

“The thing that infuriates us the most is pointing to the sky during the day and calling it night.”

The crowds weren’t just equipped for a storm, they were counting on one. When rain started to fall on the tens of thousands of mostly young people amassed around Hong Kong’s legislature on the morning of June 12, umbrellas popped open with loud shouts of “Ga yau!” — a Cantonese cheer meaning “Add oil,” as to a fire. Within hours, the flimsy canopies were flipped sideways and turned into makeshift shields against tear gas and pepper spray fired by local police. They proved less reliable against rubber bullets, however, and might offer no protection at all against the authoritarian forces that loom over the entire island.
But the point was to try.

The rise of Beijing has been the major global story of the new century. But the very breadth of that ascent and the bland labels of the areas where it has edged toward dominance — trade, infrastructure, finance, tech — have served to mask the nature of the system China brings with it. That system is control.
On the mainland, the system appears to go unchallenged, because control is almost total and cast as conformity. Along with a surveillance state, China’s Communist Party has worked to impose a singular vision of Chinese identity in territories where diversity once thrived. In the far western province of Xinjiang, authorities have detained more than a million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in concentration camps where they are forced to adopt secular Chinese customs. In Tibet, the party is systematically erasing a rich Buddhist heritage. President Xi Jinping has revived nationalism as a unifying force,in step with a rising tide of authoritarians around the globe that U.S. President Donald Trump has in many cases embraced.


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Fri Jun 14, 2019, 12:34 PM

1. Crickets from Trump.

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