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The Price of Freedom

It is a tragic fact that securing and maintaining freedom for people is costly, in time, in treasure, and in life itself. There are always those that for their own selfish reasons – power, money, misguided ideology, or just an evil heart – want to take away the natural, God-given rights of all human beings. In opposing such people, there are some – always too many – that will be injured or even lose their lives; they are martyrs for the cause of freedom and human rights.

Usually, those that pay the ultimate price, losing their lives in the never-ending struggle for human rights and freedom are members of the military and first responders, but sometimes – always too often – members of the general public become martyrs as well.

In the struggle by the Hong Kong people to protect their rights, many, many have been injured, beaten, tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, even raped and shot by the brutal Hong Kong police. This week a young university student, Alex Chow Tsz-lok , just 22 years old, died after falling from the 3rd level to the 2nd level of a parking garage, in the midst of the police clearance action. The circumstances leading to his death are unclear. Security cameras video that has been released apparently did not capture the exact moment that he fell. Naturally, the police have denied any involvement. Naturally, the demonstrators blame the police, as almost no one in Hong Kong trusts the police any more. Demands for a completely independent investigation into the actions of the police during the demonstrations have intensified. Few believe that the current mechanisms and organizations for investigating police misconduct and brutality that currently exist in Hong Kong are adequate. They have little or no real investigative or prosecutorial power and are part of the police power structure, so they are not independent and are unlikely to return impartial results from any investigation that they do. The people of Hong Kong are demanding, as they have for weeks now, a completely independent and impartial investigation by an agency that has the power to compel testimony and to prosecute police misconduct.

Regardless of the cause of Alex Chow Tsz-lok’s death, he is a martyr to the cause of human rights and freedom in Hong Kong. The people know that, and are honoring him:

No rational person wishes for violence, but as long as there are those that want to take away rights and freedom, they must be resisted. Let’s all hope that the CCP and Hong Kong government and police regain their senses, and that the people of Hong Kong’s struggle to maintain their rights and freedom is won.

Happy Halloween? Hong Kong Police Say No.

Today is Halloween. It’s supposed to be a happy, fun, and perhaps a little bit silly day for people to celebrate with costumes, candy, and parties. But by now, we know that’s not possible in Hong Kong. Not with the brutal monsters in the Hong Kong police making sure that no one has fun.

Just keep scrolling and viewing the videos and pictures, if you have the stomach for it. The behavior of the Hong Kong police is sickening.

He committed the crime of honking his horn. Clearly a dangerous criminal.
Absolutely egregious abuse and brutality. Pepper spray directly into this man’s eyes, for no reason whatsoever. He is a Hong Kong citizen, though, so he’s automatically guilty of something or other.
Committing the crime of being on the sidewalk on Halloween night. Shoot them!
Watch out Hong Kong police. Next time they may throw spit wads!
We cannot be sarcastic about this one. The Hong Kong police abused an American woman. A MOAB directly onto HK police headquarters might be an appropriate response. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GBU-43/B_MOAB
Beautiful? Well, not sure about that, but the HK police seemed to like it.
He committed the crime of talking while wearing a suit. The problem, obviously, is that he wasn’t wearing a tie.
Don’t let anyone tell you that the police just attack and arrest young protesters. Everyone, no matter how young or old, is in danger from the police brutality.
They were committing the obvious crimes of walking and doing journalism. Pepper spray them!
No entertainment allowed! Tear gas all the things!

We really hate to and don’t want to turn this site into a daily commentary on Hong Kong police brutality. This writer feels actually heartbroken that so many posts have been written here about it. But there just is no other honest choice, if we are to follow our conscience. The brutalization and oppression of the Hong Kong people by the Hong Kong government and police must be exposed and brought to light as widely as possible. We know that this site doesn’t get many readers, but if we can help in even this small way, we will continue to do so.

We sincerely hope that in the very near future, the rights and freedom of Hong Kongers will be secured, and we will be able to focus our attention on more positive developments in Chinese communities around the world. #FreeHongKong

More Unbelievable Hong Kong Police Brutality

This kind of thing is becoming pretty much an every day occurrence, sadly.

Agnes Chow Ting, one of the leaders of Hong Kong’s Demosisto, a pro-democracy organization founded by students, including Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and others, posted this on Twitter today (in Japanese).

The video shows someone having a discussion with Hong Kong police officers. The discussion appears somewhat heated, but peaceful. The person is not violent in any way, but suddenly one of the officers sprays him directly in the face with pepper spray.

What isn’t clear in the video, but is said in Ages Chow’s post, is that the person that was sprayed is Eddie Chu, a lawmaker in Hong Kong!

Translated (by Google):

While Hong Kong legislator Eddie Chu was discussing police power abuse with police, another police officer put pepper spray on his face. Violent response to peaceful discussions. This is the Hong Kong police.

Agnes Chow – automatic translation by Google

Imagine the outrage if the police anywhere in the U.S. pepper-sprayed a lawmaker (state or U.S. representative or senator) without provocation. The police officer would be almost certainly fired and probably prosecuted. The police in Hong Kong are out of control. An independent investigation of the Hong Kong police is absolutely required.

Powerful Testimony By Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Before U.S. Congress

Today, Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Denise Ho, Sunny Cheung, and Joshua Wong testified before the U.S. Congress on the Hong Kong protests. The South China Morning Post has an excerpt of their power testimony on YouTube:

The entire hearing (nearly 3 hours long) is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQJZTi-XRls

We understand that the Trump administration wants a trade deal with China. President Trump is a businessman, and it is likely that he identifies with U.S. business leaders that want a deal. The U.S./China trade war is affecting the world’s economy, though it hasn’t so far impacted the U.S. economy much. On the other hand, it seems to have affected China’s economy, which was already facing a slowdown for other reasons, including the swine fever epidemic, which has increased pork prices in China. Beijing does not want the trade war to continue, so no doubt is willing to negotiate an end to the tariffs.

But some things are more important than profits – and the plight of the Hong Kong people is one of them. Beijing has broken the treaty that was negotiated with the U.K. establishing Hong Kong’s Basic Law guaranteeing the rights of the Hong Kong people. The Hong Kong police are increasing violent and are cooperating with triad gang enforcers to oppress the pro-democracy movement. The Hong Kong government led by Carrie Lam is incompetent and ignores and denies the movement’s demands and concerns.

The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong in China can only succeed if it has the backing of powerful allies (just as France backed the Americans in our revolutionary war). The very least that the U.S. can do is pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. President Trump should not let the Chinese hold the Act hostage to passage of a trade deal.

Increasing Violence in Hong Kong; Entering Category 2 Phase of Insurgency?

Sadly, but predictably, there seems to be more and more violence in Hong Kong. The CCP has decided to use a tactic of more direct confrontations with the protests. This has happened just in the past couple of days, In the past, there were frequent confrontations between protesters and Hong Kong police, but not many between pro-Beijing people and pro-democracy demonstrators. Now, there are more and more confrontations between pro-democracy demonstrators and pro-Beijing elements, presumably triad gang members and possibly People’s Armed Police agents and agitators. Since there were few direct confrontations between pro-democracy people and pro-CCP people, it is likely that many or most of the pro-CCP people are paid agitators and provocateurs.

War correspondent Michael Yon has been on the scene in Hong Kong for some time with first-hand reporting and video. His Facebook page has many videos and first-hand observations and opinion on the situation there.

In a Facebook post from September 4th, Yon describes five phases of insurgency:

Hong Kong: Category 1 phase of insurgency — will it go beyond this? I do not know. And so I keep watching and…

Posted by Michael Yon on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Yon describes category 2 insurgency as “Economic damage increases. Dehumanization increases in preparation for economic, political, and physical combat. Killing begins.” Is Hong Kong nearing category 2 insurgency? This video, of protesters beating a pro-Beijing man unconscious make this writer think that perhaps it is.

The CCP’s pet media, like Global Times, is playing this as much as possible to turn public opinion away from the pro-democracy movement. Because it is such a violent attack, the CCP’s propaganda may work to some degree. (Note that pro-CCP agitators have been seen wearing blue shirts recently).

On the other side, pro-CCP goons attacked and beat pro-democracy demonstrators at an MTR station:

These clashes are looking more and more like rival gang battles. With the backing of the Hong Kong establishment, government, and police, and possibly People’s Armed Police agents, the pro-Beijing gang would seem to have an advantage, but the pro-democracy demonstrators have the advantage of numbers, passion, support of most residents of Hong Kong, and international support (whether or not international support makes any difference remains to be seen). These are perilous times in Hong Kong. If a police officer is killed, that may be the trigger (the trigger Beijing has been looking for?) to unleash a bloody crack down on the pro-democracy movement. Let us all hope that it doesn’t come to that.

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