Hong Kong Protest Leaders Expose Themselves As US Tools

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Above: Hong Kong Protest Trump Please Liberate Hong Kong Sept. 8, 2010, CNN Tweet.

The recent turn of events in Hong Kong has further exposed that the protesters have a close relationship with right-wing US politicians and they are being used as a tool in the Great Power Conflict against China, which is a primary focus of US foreign policy.

While the people of Hong Kong suffer from uber-capitalism put in place by the British colonizers and a government that has been corporatized by the Hong Kong Basic Law, which requires half the elected legislature represent industry interests, these protests are not a worker-revolt against the serious economic problems faced by Hong Kongers.

Hong Kong protests carrying US flags and Trump Liberate Hong Kong banner September 8, 2019 Photo by Simone McCarthy.

Hong Kong Protesters: Trump Liberate US From China

The overt nature of the protests being a US tool is demonstrated by the protests now focusing on the United States passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, co-chaired by Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), is the source of the bill, which would require the US to assess Hong Kong’s level of political autonomy each year to determine whether it should continue to have special trade status under the US-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 and make officials vulnerable to US sanctions. 

While the bill is being pushed by right-wing neocons and regime change activist senators like Rubio, it is a bi-partisan issue as opposition to China is central to US foreign policy.  Huff Post reported Chuck Schumer saying: “U.S. legislation addressing China’s actions in Hong Kong will be among the top priorities pushed by Senate Democrats when Congress returns to work after a recess next week.” Schumer urged Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican who sets the floor agenda to bring up the bipartisan bill.

Joshua Wong, the so-called democracy activist who is very close to the US regime change organization, the National Endowment for Democracy, was arrested when he returned from Hong Kong for violating his bail by leaving the country. Wong made a special trip to the United States to meet with Rubio and Smith. This tweet from Telesur memorializes their recent meeting:

This visit coincided with a change in direction for the protests as they turned to the US Consulate in Hong Kong. Reportedly, the US consulate protest was organized by a post on Telegram. Protesters carried US flags, sang the Star-Spangled Banner and held signs urging President Trump to “Liberate Hong from China.” They also carried the now traditional “SOS” signs that have been used by US-allied protesters in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

The South China Morning Post quoted a protester: “With the bill, we have the opportunity for Americans to put more pressure on the current government, to protect our rights,” Kevin said. “We trust the [President Donald] Trump government will work with the bill as intended, and I’m sure that they are watching today.” Protesters noted they had the support of the Republican and Democratic Party as well as the Tea Party.

Inviting US sanctions against Hong Kong will make the economic situation for Hong Kongers even worse than they currently are. In an editorial, the South China Morning Post said the removal of the special trade status for Hong Kong would “backfire on the city’s freedom and economy.” It urged Hong Kong problems to be solved by the Hong Kong government, not foreign powers.

Anyone who has followed US foreign policy and observed how unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) have been used to destroy economies of nations where the US seeks regime change knows that such actions will lead to death and misery for the people of Hong Kong.

Protests Get More Violent and Smaller

Prior to this change in direction, the Hong Kong protests were beginning to get smaller but they were also becoming more violent.

The South China Morning Post reported that fewer protesters turned out on the streets on Saturday, perhaps because the extradition bill had been withdrawn a few days earlier. A large police presence stopped a takeover of the airport and train stations. Police, outnumbering the protesters, quickly dispersed the crowd at the train station when violence was developing. 

SCMP reports “the worst violence happened late in the evening inside Sha Tin MTR station, where a dozen protesters cornered police officers and attacked them with umbrellas and metal objects. The officers retreated into a control room as protesters tried to kick down the door, until the riot police arrived to rescue their colleagues.”

A timeline of Saturday’s protests reported vandalism of turnstiles at metro stations. While there were moments of tension on Saturday, they report that “the crowds were visibly smaller.”

Even those on the Western-Left who were inclined to support the Hong Kong protests, mistakenly thinking they were worker protests, now see that the protests are being manipulated to serve an anti-China agenda of the US, which will not benefit workers. The pro-Trump signs, support of the Tea Party and right-wing politicians is helping people break through the propaganda and see reality.

 

 

  • Ken Meyercord

    I found the initial hands-off approach of the Hong Kong authorities to the protests, which allowed the legislature to be trashed and the airport occupied, baffling; but now I think I have an explanation. The Chinese government would like to see Shenzhen, their booming city of 12 million just a stone’s throw from Hong Kong, replace Hong Kong as the area’s commercial and financial hub. If foreign firms based in Hong Kong are frustrated in getting to the office (and worse) because of the commotion in the street, they’re likely to move elsewhere, businessmen being more concerned about making money than defending democratic rights. The “elsewhere” they are likely to move to is Shenzhen. It’s often noted that 20 years ago Shenzhen was a quiet fishing village; 20 years from now, when Hong Kong has reverted to being a quiet fishing village, will they talk about it once being a bustling metropolis?

    (N.B. You don’t have to be a particularly patriotic citizen of China to be outraged at the sight of the protestors waving American flags and calling for foreign intervention. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chinese government provided the flags.)

  • esmaiil fotoohi

    They will regret it. Going back to the old Colonial Days.

  • Interesting perspective and probably quite valid in the future. I do question the timing of China backing unrest at this time. I can’t see where it helps propel their current interests; it seems more to hinder their Belt and Road Initiative and the struggle against an economic recession.

  • When I saw that the protestors had pulled this stunt at the embassy, my immediate reaction was “Stupid move.” Not only did this action bring their Western backing out of the shadows and into the sunlight but come on…other than for present political reasons, the U.S. government doesn’t give a hoot about the well-being of ordinary Hong Kongers any more than it does ordinary U.S. citizens. Sad. On a brighter note, at least the extradition law is kaput – yea for this.

  • ANTONIO

    The tragedy is that those people have no idea of what the US means- gutted cities whose industry has gone overseas, unemployment, homelessness, drugs, suicides, idiocy on the media (game shows, etc) hostile neighbors, lack of community, rigged elections, alienation tearing at your soul- That is America today, but they have a completely different idea of 5 bedroom houses, new cars, perfectly groomed families going to school and to work, taking marvelous vacations by the seashore. They are victims of propaganda, thinking there is DEMOCRACY IN THE US . What a laugh.

  • Ken Meyercord

    Why are you opposed to the extradition law? Do you know what the original impetus for the law was; namely a man who murdered his wife in Taiwan gaining sanctuary in Hong Kong?

  • Hey Ken,
    Yes, I am aware of the Taiwan incident touted as the impetus behind the extradition law. The problem with extradition laws are not that they enable justice for crimes committed by foreign nationals – that’s the good part. The problem is when the justice system of the extraditing nation is corrupt – in other words, it can be used for political purposes, trials can be rigged, penalties can be more extreme than many find reasonable, time spent incarcerated before any formal trial takes place can be very long – months or years, and so on. This is why I am opposed to the Hong Kong extradition law that is now defunct – China’s justice system is not reputable.

  • I agree with you that China and any nation should have the right to extradite foreign visitors that break their laws and then return to their home countries without facing that country’s justice system. But, each country has a responsibility to have a reputable justice system in order to expect other nations and people in general to accept the possibility of being subject to it. Case in point, the US justice system, particularly in certain states, is viewed as quite corrupt; therefore, efforts are being made by attorneys and others to reform it. The same can certainly said about the US federal justice system. When laws and the systems that enforce those laws are reasonable and just, people will accept being subject to them; when the reverse is true, people will resist.