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Unmasking of Hong Kong: The People Say No

As anyone with any sense predicted (obviously that excludes Carrie Lam and the Executive Council) the ban on masks has just led to more protests and more violence, include a 14-year-old boy being shot in the leg by an off-duty police officer.

Within hours of the ban being introduced, there were massive protests involving thousands of people – most all wearing masks.

It is just unfathomable just how stupid the Hong Kong government and police are. This wasn’t a hard call to make. Everyone knew this would happen – except apparently, Carrie Lam. Once again, she’s proven how out of touch she is. She doesn’t understand the thinking and motivations of other people at all. At this point, the whole Hong Kong executive council, starting with Lam, should resign in disgrace. At every turn, they’ve just made matters worse. Can they really not understand that more oppression only leads to more resistance? Can they really not understand that more harsh tactics and brutality by the police just leads to more violence from the protesters as they fight back? The people of Hong Kong will not be intimidated into silence – that’s clear to anyone observing what’s been happening that has any critical thinking ability and an open mind.

The pro-democracy demonstrations and protests will not end until the Hong Kong government responds in a positive way to the Five Demands, or the CCP kills thousands or tens of thousands in the streets of Hong Kong. What will the CCP choose to do?

A Day of Mourning

Yesterday, of course, was the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In Beijing, the CCP held a huge military parade, complete with goose-stepping soldiers and military hardware, to celebrate its “achievements,” as totalitarian states often do.

Meanwhile, pro-democracy demonstrators held peaceful marches and protests throughout Hong Kong, that later (as everyone knew would happen) turned violent. For the first time since the demonstrations started around four months ago, the Hong Kong police shot a protester with a potentially lethal bullet (not a beanbag round or rubber bullet). The victim of the shooting was just 18 years old, still a high school student.

The failures of the CCP, the Hong Kong government, and the Hong Kong police in handling this entire series of events, starting with the introduction of the extradition bill several months ago up until today with the potentially fatal shooting of a young high school student, cannot be overstated. They are arrogant, ignorant, stupid, lack creativity, and refuse to admit mistakes or take responsibility. On a day that anyone with any sense knew was going to tense and probably violent, Carrie Lam jetted off to Beijing to take part in the 70th anniversary celebrations there – just further cementing in everyone’s minds that she is totally a puppet of Xi Jinping and highlighting how uncaring and completely out of touch with the situation she is. Over and over again – including today after the shooting of the young student – the Hong Kong police have refused to ever admit mistakes or to any brutality whatsoever. Over and over again, their mistakes and brutality have been documented on video and by eyewitness accounts. But when confronted with this clear evidence, they shamelessly deny any wrongdoing and shamelessly lie in front of the journalists’ cameras for the entire world to see. The CCP and Hong Kong government have no answers, other than to ratchet up the violence day after day, trying to intimidate the population of Hong Kong into subservience to the CCP’s oppressive, totalitarian regime. It isn’t working.

The founding of the fascist CCP regime responsible for more deaths than any other in the history of the human race is nothing to celebrate. But the oppression and violence of the CCP isn’t just a matter of history (as they want you to believe), it is constant and pervasive, happening today in the South China Sea, where China bullies its neighbors over rights to resources and expands its military presence; in Tibet where the unique Tibetan culture is being demolished; in Xinjiang province, where the Uyghur people are being forced into concentration camps for re-education and worse; in Hong Kong, where brave freedom fighters are facing down the might of the CCP; and in mainland China, where most people do their best to stay out of the CCP’s way so they don’t get “invited to tea” with the police.

No, the anniversary of the subjugation of China by the Chinese Communist Party is a day of mourning for the world. Once again, the Chinese people deserve a much better government than the one they unfortunately have.

More on Hong Kong Police Brutality

The New York Times has produced this video report on the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrations and the brutal police tactics being used to oppress them. Please watch. It is extremely important that the world see clearly what is happening. Pressure must be put on the Hong Kong government and police to protect and uphold the rights of the Hong Kong people.

Amnesty International has also documented numerous instances of violations of human rights by Beijing and police brutality in Hong Kong. Human Rights Watch has also urged the Hong Kong police to “exercise restraint.”

Numerous videos, like this one, have also documented without ambiguity, brutal and unwarranted beatings and use of pepper spray by the Hong Kong police:

Earlier today, Hong Kong police beat and arrested a volunteer from the “Protect Our Kids” group – an organization that tries to mediate between the police and protesters. Although, the video isn’t really clear (mostly because HK police shine their flashlights into the camera to hide what they are doing), it is clear that officers surrounded and beat a person in a yellow shirt. Spokespeople for the Protect Our Kids group later said it was a member of their organization.

We are infuriated by this incident of police brutality. Our member did not resist arrest nor in any way attack the police,” said preacher Roy Chan, also a member of the Campaign. “We have contacted our member’s legal representative, and learned that his gums and teeth are bleeding and that he is experiencing dizziness.

Protect Our Kids member Roy Chan, quoted in Hong Kong Free Press

But as usual, the Hong Kong police have denied any wrongdoing, and claimed that the video only showed a “yellow object.”

This is exactly why the pro-democracy demonstrators do not trust the police and insist on an independent investigation.

Time and time again, the Hong Kong police have brutally attacked protesters; it has been clearly documented on video and by eyewitness accounts. But when confronted with the evidence, the police shamelessly lie and claim that the attacks were appropriate use of force and were completely justified. It’s horrifying and maddening. Police are supposed to protect people’s rights, uphold the law, act professionally, and behave with honor and integrity. In most places that claim to uphold human rights, and in most circumstances, they do. But the Hong Kong police, once regarded and respected as one of Asia’s best police forces, have completely lost control and have lost all sense of honor and integrity. How can this police officer, Acting Senior Superintendent (Operations) Vasco Williams, and the many other Hong Kong police officers that have done so, sit in front of journalists and lie with no sense of shame? He asks “would any police officer be so stupid as to assault anybody in public?” Yes, Officer Williams, they absolutely would be so stupid. It’s been documented over and over and over again, and it’s enfuriating.

The world must stand with Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Police Deny Amnesty International Report

Sadly, but as expected, the Hong Kong police have denied any wrongdoing in their handling of the pro-democracy demonstrations after Amnesty International’s report documenting rampant Hong Kong police brutality.

The evidence leaves little room for doubt—in an apparent thirst for retaliation, Hong Kong’s security forces have engaged in a disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics against people during the protests.

Amnesty International

The Hong Kong police spokesman’s response is incredibly weak. He basically just says that enforcing the law is really hard. (Yeah, no kidding!) He did not respond at all to Amnesty International’s assertions of rampant police brutality. He also complained that the report did not provide identities of the people that Amnesty interviewed during their investigation nor the time and place of the alleged police misconduct, so that the Hong Kong police couldn’t check the facts. To anyone thinking at all clearly, it is obvious that Amnesty would not provide those details; it would just leave those that were interviewed open to retaliation by the police (who have already shown that they will resort to brutal tactics). So, his complaint is just a flaccid attempt at deflecting Amnesty International’s completely on-point criticism of the Hong Kong police and government.

As we mentioned in our post from yesterday, this report was an opportunity for the Hong Kong government to establish an independent investigation of the Hong Kong police, as the protesters demand. The Amnesty International report says that the Hong Kong police cannot be trusted to investigate themselves and also calls for an independent investigation:

Given the pervasiveness of the abuses we found, it is clear that the Hong Kong Police Force is no longer in a position to investigate itself and remedy the widespread unlawful suppression of protesters. Amnesty International is urgently calling for an independent, impartial investigation aimed at delivering prosecutions, justice and reparation, as there is little trust in existing internal mechanisms such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Amnesty International

The Hong Kong government and police force have completely lost legitimacy. The Hong Kong police spokesman’s response to the Amnesty International report sounds exactly like “news” articles published by the CCP’s lapdog media outlets when the CCP has done something especially egregious (a nearly daily occurrence) and the international community takes them to task for it. It is all the usual minimizing, deflection, “whataboutism,” and outright lying that we typically see from China Daily, Xinhua News, CCTV, etc. It is sad to see a police force that was once respected throughout Asia and the world come to the point of having lost all credibility, merely another puppet organization whose strings are pulled from Beijing.

Zhejiang University Steals/Copies Boston Dynamics Technology. Marco Rubio Pushes TAIPEI Act. Continuing Protests in Hong Kong.

While not denying that it happens, this writer has sometimes thought that the talk of China stealing much of their technology from the U.S. and other countries has been overblown. China certainly has plenty of smart engineers and scientists, so do they really need to steal that much technology? But after seeing this video, it certainly looks like some well-known technology was stolen, or at least copied, from the U.S. company Boston Dynamics.

Now look at a short clip of Boston Dynamics’ Spot Mini that will be for sale commercially soon – one of a series of similar robots that the company has developed:

The similarities are unmistakable. Was Zhejiang University’s robot technology stolen or copied? We can’t say. But it is certainly not original.

After the Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to mainland China, it has been facing backlash, most prominently from Senators Marco Rubio and Cory Gardner (both Republicans). They are pushing for passage of the TAIPEI Act, which promotes diplomatic recognition of Taiwan by other countries and sanctions countries that switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to mainland China. The bill has bipartisan support, but did not pass the Senate in 2018. Given recent events in Hong Kong and elsewhere, we would not be surprised if the bill gains more support this year.

This Taiwan News article has more details: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3778287

The protests in Hong Kong continued today, with the Hong Kong police once again demonstrating that they are completely out of control and lawless, and the leadership denying that there is any problem at all. First of all:

And then, of course, Hong Kong police spokespeople saying they don’t see any problem:

There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.

Beijing Ramping Up Violence in Hong Kong

Several media sources are reporting on clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and pro-CCP agitators in Hong Kong.

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Tom Grundy of Hong Kong Free Press

Pro-CCP agitators attacked random passers-by – it appears just about any young person – and when Hong Kong police arrived, none of the blue-shirted agitators was arrested. The Hong Kong police appear to be cooperating with pro-Beijing thugs (triad gang members?). Note also that some of the police are in plain clothes and are not carrying identification. When asked by reporters to show identification, as they must according to Hong Kong law, they threatened the reporters. Are they actually Hong Kong police, or are they mainland China People’s Armed Police that have infiltrated the Hong Kong police?

Kids as young as 11 years old were arrested by the Hong Kong police.

All of this happened in the past day, and it is intentional.

These are not, for the most part, random Hong Kong people that are “pro-Beijing.” They are paid agitators, triad gang members, perhaps even People’s Armed Police agents, and the Hong Kong police are cooperating with them. Despite all of their rhetoric about returning Hong Kong to normal, stopping the violence, and so on, Beijing is ramping up the violence on purpose. They want to violently crack down on the pro-democracy movement, but they also don’t want to be seen as overtly doing so, so they resort to covert tactics like these to give themselves plausible deniability. Arresting and beating children and teenagers, even when they aren’t taking part in any protest, is intended to scare these kids and their parents from participating in demonstrations or supporting the pro-democracy movement. Using triad gang members and plainclothes People’s Armed Police agents as provocateurs and shock troops allows Beijing and the HK government to deny responsibility for the violence. But it is Beijing and the Hong Kong government and police that are responsible. At this point, we are speculating that the Hong Kong government may have entirely lost control of the Hong Kong police. The police no longer care about the law; they are openly beating people in the streets, violating Hong Kong law, arresting people for no reason whatsoever, and even arresting young children. Has someone from Beijing taken direct control of the Hong Kong police?

China’s Gulag

At China Daily News, we’ve focused much of our attention on the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Because Hong Kong is still (for now) open and accessible, we hear much more about it, and the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement is technically and media-savvy, so it is adept at drawing people’s attention.

Arguably, however, what is happening to the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province is a much larger humanitarian and human rights crisis. According to reports, as many as one million Uyghurs have been rounded up and sent to “re-education” (read “concentration”) camps. [Human Rights Watch report here] [UPDATE: This Financial Times article says 1.5 million Uyghurs have been sent to the camps.]

Of course, the CCP does its best to keep this out of the news and minimize whatever reporting does come out about it. Fortunately, there are prominent leaders in the U.S. that have been paying attention.

Senator Rubio, Florida Republican, has been urging the U.S. Congress to pass the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act and for President Trump to sign it into law. Today, it passed the U.S. Senate, and next will be taken up by the House of Representatives, where it is also very likely to pass.

We completely agree with Senator Rubio’s statement, but would add that it is long overdue that the democracy and freedom-loving people of the whole world start standing up to the CCP’s oppression and bullying, not just of other countries, but of its own people – whether they are Xinjiang Uyghurs, Tibetans, the people of Hong Kong, or the everyday people – the laobaixing -living throughout China. Human rights are human rights – and even if someone happens to live in China, those rights still exist. The CCP may violate and oppress people’s rights, but they cannot take them away – they are inherent in being human.

We urge the full U.S. Congress to pass the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act and the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act as quickly as possible, and for President Trump to sign them into law, irrespective of the status of any trade negotiations taking place with China.

No Hong Kong Protests out of Respect for 9/11

We posted an article on September 10th, 2019 on China Daily’s disgusting and offensive use of images of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City. China Daily claimed that the Hong Kong protesters were planning massive terror attacks in Hong Kong. Of course, like so much that the CCP’s media lapdogs reports, it was complete and utter nonsense (stronger words come to mind, but we like to keep out articles free of profanity).

Today, the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong proved that it was nonsense and also that it is a group with morals and conscience. They released a statement that there would only be peaceful protests on 9/11 – non confrontations with the police. The Hong Kong Free press reports:

As an American, this writer truly, truly appreciates this gesture. Watching the second jetliner crash into the WTC tower was one of the most horrifying events I have ever experienced – perhaps the most. Watching people – my fellow Americans – make the terrible choice to commit suicide by jumping out of the tower, rather than be burned alive was unimaginable and heartbreaking.

The contrast here (to continue a theme for today) shows the character of the CCP versus that of the protesters. The CCP’s media lapdogs continually try to smear the protest movement as violent, and even as sex abusers, but in actual fact, it is the CCP and its supporters who are devoid of morals, abusers of the natural rights of all humanity, thieves of others’ property, and a danger to the entire world. We have said it before – the Chinese people deserve a much better government than they have.

Students Form Human Chains in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Free Press reports that students today formed human chains in Hong Kong in peaceful demonstrations in support of the protest movement.

Hong Kong Free Press

We posted an article on August 24th about the human chains that were formed across Hong Kong – the “Hong Kong Way” chains – to demonstrate for the rights of Hong Kong and in celebration of the “Baltic Way” chains that were part of the demonstrations that led to freedom for the Baltic countries from the Soviet Union.

These kinds of protests are effective, especially for students that are too young (in our opinion) to face the dangers of physical confrontations with Hong Kong’s increasingly violent police. Singing, holding hands in solidarity, and other non-violent demonstrations by young people can be very powerful, especially in gaining support from the older people, who naturally want to protect them.

That protection is needed, as the Hong Kong police have even resorted to beating high school students while they are at school. It’s hard to image, but unfortunately true:

Hong Kong Free Press video at YouTube

Fortunately, today’s demonstration by school students was not violent. Other protests in Hong Kong today, sadly, were.

More Police Brutality in Hong Kong

People may be tempted to think that the police brutality being perpetrated on the Hong Kong people is isolated and rare. It is not. There are numerous videos showing the police beating and pepper spraying people, whether or not the are resisting or involved in protests at all. Here is yet another example.

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Hong Kong police beating HK citizens

These kinds of videos need to be highlighted and circulated widely. Until now (as far as we know), no one has been killed by the HK police, but many people have been seriously injured by their out-of-control violence against the Hong Kong people. Few, if any, of the people in this video are dressed like protesters – no helmets, no masks, just people dressed in normal, everyday clothes. They are not resisting the police, nor committing any crime. Yet the police beat them with their truncheons. It is simply assault and battery. The police have become the criminals.

The police are aware that what they are doing is illegal. They have started targeting photographers and journalists, pushing them away from places where they are engaging and arresting protesters, verbally abusing journalists, and even pepper spraying them. There is plenty of video evidence of that happening as well.

Hong Kong Free Press

Many people are speculating that the Hong Kong police force, once one of the most respected in Asia, has been infiltrated by elements of China’s People’s Armed Police. Seeing how ill-trained and violent some of the HK police are, it is not at all hard to believe. A fully independent investigation into the actions of the police is urgently required.

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