Tensions and protests continue in Hong Kong. They originally began this summer as a protest against a proposed law to allow extraditions to mainland China,
Well over a million people would block the streets, but even as the proposal was withdrawn, protests continued to push for democratic reforms and against an emergency law banning face masks, presumably to allow police to better identify people for future arrests.
Cheuk Kwan Cheuk Kwan is a long time human rights activist with the Toronto Association for Democracy in China
Hong Kong’s unelected Chief Executive. Carrie Lam has now invoked the possibility of asking the Chinese military to intervene to end the four months of demonstrations, vandalism and violence.
Cheuk Kwan suggests that at least some of the violence and damage is due to agents-provocateurs who have infiltrated the demostrators to exacerbate the need for intervention.
He also claims Chinese police have been placed among the Hong Kong police, that China is sending mainlanders to live in Hong Kong to help influence political opinion, and that people have begun “disappearing” with parents told to keep quiet about it as was the case with the Tienanmen Square massacre.
He also believes that if China’s military came onto the island, they would not leave and that could be the end of the relative freedom Hong Kong enjoys.
He feels that China cannot allow Hong Kong to have indepence and democratic reforms over fears it could spread to other areas like Taiwan and Tibet.
He feels that China would be prepared to sacrifice the region’s status as a world financial hub through an occupation. He says China would easily gamble that after being upset for a few years, the “west” would come back seeking a return to the entry point into China’s huge market.
He adds that the way things are transpiring, he does not feel optimistic about the future for the semi-autonomous region.
- Associated Press (via CBC) Oct 7/19: Lam says Chinese military could step in
- South China Morning Post: Oct 6/19: Videos of protests
- Post Media: T Blackwell: Oct 3/19: Democracy advocates angry after Ottawa funds group buying pro-China adverts
- CNN: Hong Kong Protests; reporting and timeline
- Guardian: Busby/Farrer/Zhou: Oct 1/19: Protester shot in chest