Hong Kong Police Shoot in the Heart of Democracy
Hong Kong protesters are launching a hunger strike
Hong Kong protesters in the smoke of the tear gas during the protest in the city center on Wednesday June 12, 2019. (Photo: AFP)
The protests in Hong Kong against the hegemony of the Chinese Communist Party in its imposition of the extradition law have led to the clashes with police. Protesters has launched a hunger strike.
One should strongly emphasise that it was police which first shot at the crowd. Snipers targeted faces of the peaceful protesters, not the streets. Hong Kong people began to pay for their freedom with blood.
The video footage showed the police using tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons, as well as batons against demonstrators standing near government buildings or on the roads. The opponents of the law, which is to allow for the extradition of defendants to China, threw off the empty tear gas canisters and some bottles to stop the security forces. It came to tangible arguments between police and demonstrators, as television broadcasts documented.
On Wednesday, tens of thousands and thousands of people on Thursday had besieged the headquarters of the local government. The protesters – many of them dressed in black, wearing masks, helmets or stretched umbrellas – were occupying the streets. They removed barriers and attempted to storm the official residence and offices of the City Council. In addition, they blocked two main roads in the city centre.
The police arrived with a large number of officers and warned protesters that it was ready to use force.
“The government has forced people to escalate their actions,” a 21-year-old protester said. “That’s why it’s inevitable this time, I think, that the fight will be a bit heated.” Already during the night, around 2,000 demonstrators held vigils. More than a hundred business owners announced in advance, that they would close their shops on Wednesdays, in solidarity with the protesters.
Protesters are launching a hunger strike
The independent observers reported that the inland Communist China anti-riot units fought together with the Hong Kong police. But the authorities would not comment on it.
The Relay Hunger Strike group that includes writers, scholars and artists, launched a 24-hour hunger strike, which will be extended at least until Friday night, the organisers informed PH-Tribune. According to the prominent former Russian political prisoner and dissident Sergei Grigoryants, a hunger strike is the most difficult form of protest.
“This is the protest which causes serious harm to your body. If one holds it more than a month the harm is irreparable”, Mr Grigoryants, who survived 14 years in the Soviet prison, stated.
Parliament debate postponed until further notice
The reason for the mass protests is a new law that allows Hong Kong authorities to extradite suspects, that is every person desired by the Chinese Communist Party, to the Inland China. There has been strong opposition to this amendment by Prime Minister Carrie Lam since the weekend, given the judicial system in the communist neighbor state and the precarious human rights situation there. Critics point to the death penalty, torture and ill-treatment in China, calling the new law a “tool of intimidation”.
An injured protester in Hong Kong surrounded by the anti-riot “black” police officers on Thursday June 13, 2019. (Photo: AFP)
The Hong Kong authorities revealed the immediate goal of the Chinese Communist Party for the extradition law. It unexpectedly admitted that the law would prevent the city, from becoming a refugee for political exiles from Communist China. In other words, Communist China wants to eliminate, the route of escape for a future political opponent. This is the first aspect of violation of human rights by Communist China.
The other dimension of the extradition law concerns current opponents of the Chinese regime. Political activists, human rights defenders, dissidents or journalists who will be tourists or the transit travellers can be arrested at the airport and extradited to Communist China.
Chinese Communist Party-sanctioned, in the law a right to arrest and even confiscate the assets of the “desired person”. This provision violates the fundamental rules of Western law, which perceives every person an innocent until proven guilty by the court.
The Hong Kong Legislative Council, a unicameral parliament with a majority of Communist China-friendly MPs, was scheduled to discuss the amendment in second and third reading this Wednesday. On June 20 Parlimanent planned to vote.
Parliament postponed the debate until further notice. Prime Minister Lam, however, wanted to legislate the bill. Chief Executive Matthew Cheung demanded that the demonstrators would end the street blockades. He asked the protesters in a video message that they would “demonstrate as much restraint as possible”.
More than a million people demonstrated against the Communist law
More than a million people in Hong Kong had protested against the bill as early as this weekend. It was the biggest demonstration in Hong Kong since the pro-democracy protests in 2014. “We are young, but we know that if we do not stand up for our rights, we could lose them,” said a protester.
In 1997, Hong Kong had been returned to Communist China by the United Kingdom. At the time, the leadership in Beijing had promised Hong Kong 50 years of far-reaching internal autonomy under the formula “One Land, Two Systems.” The city-state has its own social, judicial and administrative system; basic rights such as freedom of speech and the press, which are denied to the citizens of the People’s Republic, apply.
However, the opposition rightly accuses China of interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs, undermining its autonomy agreements. Prime Minister Lam, for example, is regarded by many observers as a candidate of the Communist Party. She was “elected” in 2017 by a committee dominated by Chinese Communist Party-friendly officials.
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