The fate of Hong Kong | Forum

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Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Aug 20
Hong Kong, officially an autonomous region within the larger People's Republic of China, has only been 'formally' a part of China since 1997- before then, it was a British territory, a member of the British Commonwealth, and a piece of the British Empire. At the hand-off, Beijing's communist party stated that the people of Hong Kong would have their own local government, and would be more or less free to operate as they saw fit under a codified law called "Basic Law". Beijing has reached into Hong Kong to meddle occasionally, but never to any serious degree. That has changed.


A few weeks ago, Beijing put forward an extradition bill that would allow China to extradite citizens arrested in Hong Kong to mainland China for prosecution. This would effectively circumvent Hong Kong's entire justice system, and virtually all of their existing laws, as the territory would then be forced to adhere to the much more stringent rules of the mainland, with curtailed freedom of speech, freedom of information, and many businesses put under pressure. The people were furious, and they rose up.


Now, millions march in the streets on an almost daily basis- one of the largest nonviolent protests in history. Meanwhile Beijing has been caught time and again attempting to stir the pot with inserted fake agitators, shake down tactics, and a recently disclosed mass misinformation campaign carried out on Twitter and Facebook. Many fear that Beijing's increasingly heated tone may lead to something akin to the Tienanmen Square Massacre. Many in Hong Kong believe that it's the immense press coverage from all over the world that has helped hold back Beijing, and the army they now have stationed just outside of Hong Kong.


Things are not looking good though, the fate of Hong Kong remains to be seen.

Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Aug 20


Hong Kong (and some of my friends who live there) is in a pretty bad spot right now as they fight for the very fate of their democracy and freedoms from mainland China. This seal, the crest used by Hong Kong when it was a British territory, has become a banned symbol of protest against Chinese overreach into the autonomous region. While my friends can't do much with it for fear of being literally shot, I'm very doubtful that the Chinese can do much to stop me from using it here. The people of Hog Kong are relying on outside attention and pressure to keep their protests safe from another Tienanmen Square style massacre- by simply spreading the word you are making a difference. 争取自由, we fight for freedom!

Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Aug 20
The people have worried (and rightly so) that Hong Kong's supposedly independent police force seems to be working pretty much exclusively for the benefit of Xi Jinping's PRC government, not the people of Hong Kong. Scenes like this are beginning to emerge, and thankfully, outside forces are beginning to speak up. The clip and associated discussion can be found HERE.



Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Aug 20
There are even some memes coming out about it.



Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Aug 20


A map of the world showing countries that have made statements standing with the people of Hong Kong. Not shown (as they made statements after the date) now include Poland and Iceland as well. Many more are expected to step up as well.

Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Aug 25


Tear gas use has escalated to the point it's clearing out buildings.

Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Aug 25
Allegedly support for Hong Kong from the mainland is increasing, despite serious efforts (including untold numbers of arrests) from the Chinese Government. Their efforts to rob Hong Kong of it's freedoms appears as though it will have a very steep price tag for Chinese stability on the whole.



Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Aug 25


Unarmed peaceful protesters vs armed police who are once again escalating violence. Shocking.

Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Sep 2
Students from Hong Kong's universities have come together to protest as well.



Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Sep 2
Following the subway system brawl last week:



Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Sep 2


Lot of great art has come out of this.

Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Sep 2


The heroes of Hong Kong!

Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Sep 4
The protesters' demands listed:



Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Sep 4


The world watches.

Oregonian
Oregonian Sep 5
Brave people in Hong Kong!
Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Sep 6

Quote from Oregonian Brave people in Hong Kong!

They are indeed!

Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Sep 7
Chinese Authorities are refusing to talk about what happened at Prince Edward station on August 31, 2019. Media were forced out, and no medical personnel were allowed in. Many people are missing, with many expected dead. The people targeted were a mix of some protesters, but mostly civilians using the subway. The world wants answers, and Beijing's appointed leader Carrie Lam seems either unwilling or unable to provide them.



Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Sep 14


I regret to say that the situation remains "poor" in Hong Kong.

Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Oct 2
Ron Kind says:



Maklarr4000
Maklarr4000 Oct 8
Blizzard gaming is now on the side of the People's Republic of China.



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