Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Disturbing Report Out of Hong Kong

 

It appears that the Communist regime is cracking down on the Hong Kong protesters with goon squads. Not sure this tactic will endear Hong Kong’s citizens to their Beijing overlords. Ever since the proposed extradition law that would send Hong Kong citizens to mainland China for trial and incarceration that was abandoned by the Hong Kong provisional government because of overwhelming protests in the streets, Beijing has been reportedly concerned of similar protests occurring in other Chinese provinces.

The group used bamboo sticks and other weapons to attack people in the area and in the West Rail Line station, injuring Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, who was seen bleeding from his mouth in a social media live stream.

One should anticipate that the protests in Hong Kong will intensify and get more extreme.

Here is Reuters’ report on the same incident. It will be interesting to see if the major American news networks will cover the story or do so with anything but a passing blurb…because the Squad may be more important.

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There are 16 comments.

  1. James Gawron Thatcher

    Brian,

    While there is endless coverage of a Trump tweet, almost no one in the American press has a thing to say about the Hong Kong situation. Freedom, Human Rights, and National Independence, the core beliefs of this country aren’t enough for the American Press to pay attention. “How can we use this issue to smear Trump and get a Marxist elected President?” That’s the full-time job of the American Press. If the people of Hong Kong are left to slowly twist in the wind, well I guess they were on the “wrong side of history”.

    There must be a whole new level in Hell opened up for the Marxists and their sympathizers.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • July 22, 2019, at 9:28 AM PST
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  2. Doug Watt Member

     Most likely provocateurs working on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party to provide the pretext that Beijing must intervene to “protect” the citizens of Hong Kong. 

    • #2
    • July 22, 2019, at 10:22 AM PST
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  3. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    It looks like Portland with the colors swapped.

    • #3
    • July 22, 2019, at 11:46 AM PST
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  4. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    The Chinese people have been enthusiastically embracing every part of modern life that has been opening up to them.

    As owners of a small publishing business, whose books are on metaphysical themes, we were amazed in 2009 to 2013 to find out that one third of all our book sales were to people in Mainland China. (The sales have since decreased, possibly due to someone there counterfeiting our books.)

    People yearn to be free. Give them a little freedom and they will want more. The citizens of Hong Kong are not going to stand for what the Communist Party big whigs want of them. And the Party big whigs are not at all willing to leave Hong Kong citizens alone – the movement they are promoting would quite naturally spread into every section of China itself.

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    • July 22, 2019, at 12:00 PM PST
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  5. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    The Chinese people have been enthusiastically embracing every part of modern life that has been opening up to them.

    As owners of a small publishing business, whose books are on metaphysical themes, we were amazed in 2009 to 2013 to find out that one third of all our book sales were to people in Mainland China. (The sales have since decreased, possibly due to someone there counterfeiting our books.)

    People yearn to be free. Give them a little freedom and they will want more. The citizens of Hong Kong are not going to stand for what the Communist Party big whigs want of them. And the Party big whigs are not at all willing to leave Hong Kong citizens alone – the movement they are promoting would quite naturally spread into every section of China itself.

    The timing of the decrease you saw also coincides with Xi’s coming to power, more centralized control, more censorship, and more surveillance. It has become harder for me to communicate with my friends there.

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    • July 22, 2019, at 8:19 PM PST
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  6. Hang On Member

    It’s Triad gangs doing the attacking. Gang members were seen with pro-Beijing Hong Kong MPs shortly before the attacks according to the London Times. 

    “Another pro-Beijing MP, Junius Ho, defended the Triad attacks as a “normal reaction to protesters who brought violence to the peaceful community after they stormed the liaison office”.

    “Mr Ho, whose office was vandalised after he was filmed shaking hands with the gang members, said: “We can’t pardon the sin, but we can pardon the sinners.”

    • #6
    • July 23, 2019, at 5:05 AM PST
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  7. Manny Member

    It was a huge mistake to hand Hong Kong over to the Communists. You show weakness and they will take advantage. Pull out of trade agreements until the communists either allow a free process or they go under. This idea that providing them with our capital will change their system from within has proven to be wrong. They are not anywhere close to changing from communism. They are more entrenched than ever and more convinced that their system is best.

    • #7
    • July 23, 2019, at 5:24 PM PST
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  8. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Post author

    Some progress

    Hong Kong police arrest six men over Yuen Long rampage by weapon-wielding mob, after unprecedented night of violence following extradition protests

    • #8
    • July 23, 2019, at 7:36 PM PST
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  9. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    The Chinese people have been enthusiastically embracing every part of modern life that has been opening up to them.

    As owners of a small publishing business, whose books are on metaphysical themes, we were amazed in 2009 to 2013 to find out that one third of all our book sales were to people in Mainland China. (The sales have since decreased, possibly due to someone there counterfeiting our books.)

    People yearn to be free. Give them a little freedom and they will want more. The citizens of Hong Kong are not going to stand for what the Communist Party big whigs want of them. And the Party big whigs are not at all willing to leave Hong Kong citizens alone – the movement they are promoting would quite naturally spread into every section of China itself.

    The timing of the decrease you saw also coincides with Xi’s coming to power, more centralized control, more censorship, and more surveillance. It has become harder for me to communicate with my friends there.

    Reading what you wrote made me sad. We found our Chinese customers to be so bright and appreciative and often got sweet emails from them showering us with appreciation for sending us the books they ordered. (Or more often than not, eBooks.)

    I am sorry to hear it has affected your ability to connect with friends.

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    • July 23, 2019, at 9:09 PM PST
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  10. The Reticulator Member

    Manny (View Comment):

    It was a huge mistake to hand Hong Kong over to the Communists. You show weakness and they will take advantage. Pull out of trade agreements until the communists either allow a free process or they go under. This idea that providing them with our capital will change their system from within has proven to be wrong. They are not anywhere close to changing from communism. They are more entrenched than ever and more convinced that their system is best.

    My initial reaction at the time was that I wished Ms Thatcher would refuse to relinquish Hong Kong, but really, that would have been wrong. It’s best to uphold our side of treaties. We have enough trouble with leftwingers who don’t want to uphold the treaty known as the U.S. Constitution.

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    • July 23, 2019, at 10:39 PM PST
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  11. I Walton Member

    Why is the Chinese government doing what it’s doing at this time? What does it mean for future changes relative to the west? Is this because Hong Kong wasn’t behaving, or because China is in the process of preparing major changes in foreign and economic policy.

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    • July 24, 2019, at 4:21 AM PST
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  12. Hang On Member

    I Walton (View Comment):

    Why is the Chinese government doing what it’s doing at this time? What does it mean for future changes relative to the west? Is this because Hong Kong wasn’t behaving, or because China is in the process of preparing major changes in foreign and economic policy.

    It all comes down to where Xi (and his family) come from. They are old-school Maoists.

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    • July 24, 2019, at 5:51 AM PST
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  13. The Reticulator Member

    I Walton (View Comment):

    Why is the Chinese government doing what it’s doing at this time? What does it mean for future changes relative to the west? Is this because Hong Kong wasn’t behaving, or because China is in the process of preparing major changes in foreign and economic policy.

    Boil the frog slowly. It it’s turning the heat up a bit more to see who notices. 

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    • July 24, 2019, at 7:00 AM PST
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  14. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Post author

    Hang On (View Comment):

    I Walton (View Comment):

    Why is the Chinese government doing what it’s doing at this time? What does it mean for future changes relative to the west? Is this because Hong Kong wasn’t behaving, or because China is in the process of preparing major changes in foreign and economic policy.

    It all comes down to where Xi (and his family) come from. They are old-school Maoists.

    Well, China has become much more strident militarily in the region and actually built staging areas, islands in the China Straits, from which they could launch attacks. They’ve always wanted to swallow up Taiwan and the US has been the roadblock for that desire. They are now conducting joint reconnaissance and patrol missions with the Russian air force that has both the South Koreans and Japanese concerned and jittery. If they’re going to launch anything provocative, they may want to have Hong Kong in lock step or at least leashed and tied down. Military adventures can also be quite costly.

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    • July 24, 2019, at 7:13 AM PST
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  15. Manny Member

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    It was a huge mistake to hand Hong Kong over to the Communists. You show weakness and they will take advantage. Pull out of trade agreements until the communists either allow a free process or they go under. This idea that providing them with our capital will change their system from within has proven to be wrong. They are not anywhere close to changing from communism. They are more entrenched than ever and more convinced that their system is best.

    My initial reaction at the time was that I wished Ms Thatcher would refuse to relinquish Hong Kong, but really, that would have been wrong. It’s best to uphold our side of treaties. We have enough trouble with leftwingers who don’t want to uphold the treaty known as the U.S. Constitution.

    Good point.

    • #15
    • July 25, 2019, at 11:50 AM PST
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  16. Kay of MT Member

    The history of how the Brits got Hong Kong in the first place is pretty vile. They got a 99 year lease by forcing the Chinese to accept opium as payment instead of cash.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Hong_KongBritish Hong Kong. It was established as a Crown colony and later designated a British Dependent Territory in 1981. Hong Kong Island was ceded to the United Kingdom by the Qing dynasty of China after the First Opium War (1839-1842). The Kowloon Peninsula was added to the colony after the Second Opium War (1856-1860).

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    • July 25, 2019, at 1:30 PM PST
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