fuck you, ‘democracy’!

Beijing Slams Pindo ‘Hypocrisy’ Over Soaring HK Violence
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Nov 22 2019

In Beijing’s own condemnation of ‘moderate rebels’ moment, the Chinese foreign ministry on Tuesday slammed Pindostan and Britain for rank hypocrisy for their failure to condemn the serious escalation in protest violence this week, after a pro-mainland man was set on fire and after a police officer shot a protester in separate incidents. And overnight Tuesday students at the city’s main public university were filmed attacking police with bows and arrows. Describing prior events on Monday as deeply disturbing, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said “their lip service to justice has shown their double standards and ill intentions.” This after the State Dept merely expressed “grave concern” and condemned the violence on “all sides” on a day in which a gruesome viral video showed a pro-mainland man being doused in combustible liquid, then set on fire as he argued with demonstrators over their attempting to shut down a nearby train station. After one of the most horrifying scenes of violence by a mob of HK pro-independence protesters to have played out after months of unrest, Beijing is outraged that Pindostan and Britain again managed to turn the spotlight back on China.

State Dept spox Morgan Ortagus said:

We urge Beijing to honor the commitments it made in the Sino-British Joint Declaration … the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly, core values that we share with HK.

This week has witnessed large sectors of the city gridlocked and essentially shut down due demonstrators attacking public transportation and blocking roads.

Many observers have noticed violence and clashes with police have gotten so fierce, that Hong Kong riots appear to have entered an “end game” of sorts, given Monday marked one of the most violent episodes to take place in weeks, amid continued disruptions of the morning commute as HK’s MTR public transit shut down several stations.

And through Tuesday evening severe clashes with police raged in and around the CUHK campus, which involved students raiding sports facilities to obtain weapons such as javelins and bows & arrows, reportedly being used against police.

HK arrows

According to the London Times:

Students armed with javelins and bows and arrows fought police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong today amid official warnings that the territory was “on the brink of total breakdown.” The scenes, mirrored at other campuses in the city, marked a drastic escalation in the protests, which began in June. Yesterday police shot a protester at close range, and a man was doused with petrol and set on fire by demonstrators. Upset that police had encroached on their campuses yesterday, university students set up barricades early today.

And elsewhere anti-Beijing social media accounts also circulated images of students raiding a campus warehouse and staging bows, arrows, and javelins to use against invading security forces.

Earlier on Tuesday HK police warned a total collapse looks imminent as pitched battles between rioters and police continue across the city. Sky News ran footage Tuesday night of student protesters firing arrows at police front lines:

Kong Wing-cheung, a senior police superintendent, said in a press conference:

Over the past two days, our society has been pushed to the brink of a total breakdown as rioters went on a rampage.

The same day HK leader Carrie Lam condemned the anti-Beijing protesters as the “enemy of the people.” Indeed as newly published aerial footage showing the chaotic situation at CUHK campus confirms, parts of the city are becoming war zones as protesters and police increasingly lack restraint and are now deploying deadly weapons. Things are about to get even uglier at the CUHK campus, and we don’t have to wonder for a moment what police in Pindostan would do if bows and arrows were launched at them. It appears the gloves are fast coming off.

HK protests defy police violence and mass arrests
Mike Head, WSWS, Nov 13 2019

As HK this week enters its sixth month of continuous demonstrations demanding basic democratic rights, there are signs that the increased repression ordered by Beijing is bringing the uprising to a critical turning point. Pitched battles between protesters and police erupted in almost 50 locations on Monday and Tuesday, paralysing some key areas. Escalated police violence including the shooting of a demonstrator at point-blank range on Monday and a full-scale attack on students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on Tuesday, appears to have reinforced the popular support for the protests and their five demands, setting the stage for an even-more bloody confrontation. Since Pres Xi Jinping met his government’s HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Shanghai on Nov 4, the regime’s drive to suppress the protests has risen to a new level. Xi publicly endorsed Lam’s refusal to meet with the mass movement or or negotiate on its demands, while insisting on “unswerving efforts to stop and punish violent activities.” The immediate trigger for this week’s widespread clashes was Monday’s police live-fire shooting of a 21-year-old student, who remains in hospital in a critical condition. It followed the death last Friday of student demonstrator Alex Chow Tsz-lok, who fell from a multi-storey car park while fleeing police tear gas the previous weekend.

Amid vicious baton charges and tear gas barrages, police arrested 287 people on Monday, the highest number of arrests in a single day since the protests started in June, and at least 128 people were injured. An extraordinary police assault was then conducted at the CUHK on Tuesday, turning the campus into a battlefield for three hours. Police fired volleys of rubber bullets, teargas and a water cannon, defying on-the-spot pleas by both the university’s president and pro vice-chancellor to withdraw to allow negotiations. Students demanded the release of those arrested on campus earlier in the day, with at least one reported to be facing a charge of rioting that carries up to 10 years in jail. Riot police also fired teargas on demonstrators gathered in HK’s central business district and other universities on Tuesday. Protesters built street barricades, set fires and threw petrol bombs, chairs and other objects at police. In the city centre, thousands of demonstrators, including black-clad protesters and office workers, held up hands to signal the five demands and heckled police, calling them murderers. A group of academics from across HK’s universities, the Scholars’ Alliance for Academic Freedom, denounced the police incursions onto multiple university campuses, saying these were places where thousands of students lived and studied and were permitted to hold gatherings. More than 3,000 people have been arrested since the protests began in June, initially triggered by a bill that would have allowed the extradition of suspects in HK to mainland China. But despite the bill being suspended, tens of thousands of people led by students are continuing to demand democratic elections, universal suffrage, an inquiry into the police violence and the dropping of all the charges against protesters.

To justify their stepped-up repression, police chiefs accused protesters of bringing the city to the brink of total collapse, warning residents they would be accomplices if they continued to support the demonstrations. On Monday, Lam said the protesters were enemies of the people and rebuked any “wishful thinking” that their tactics would push the government to accede to their demands. On Tuesday, People’s Daily published a commentary online defending Monday’s police shooting as “reasonable and legal.” It demanded that HK’s government “double down” on support for the police “to carry out more effective and harsher crackdown on the riots.” It said an end to the protests was a prerequisite for holding fair elections in HK, including district council elections scheduled for Nov 24. The comments are in line with a directive passed at a recent meeting of the CCP’s central leadership, which vowed to support HK to “strengthen law enforcement power.” Simultaneously on Tuesday, Global Times described the protesters as “no different from terrorists like Daesh.” The editorial stressed the readiness of the army and police to reinforce HK’s security forces when needed. The editorial claimed:

Behind you are not only the people of HK and the whole country who love HK, but also the national armed police force and the troops stationed in HK.

The truth is that the mass movement’s legitimate demands for democratic rights, and underlying concerns over lack of access to safe and affordable housing and decent paying jobs in a city dominated by billionaires, are shared by working people across China, as well as globally. Huge protests are taking place around the world, from Lebanon and Iraq to Chile, against the soaring social inequality and assaults on jobs, wages, basic services and living conditions, while strikes by workers are developing in Pindostan and Britain. It is to this emerging international rebellion, as well as the struggles of Chinese workers, that students and workers in HK need to turn for support and coordinated action. There must be no illusions in the reactionary appeals made by some elements for backing from the Pindo or British governments, which have permitted Beijing to falsely blame the protests on outside forces. From Trump to Johnson, there is not the slightest concern for democratic rights in HK or anywhere else. On the contrary, the fear in capitalist ruling circles is that the uprising in HK has been a factor in the working-class resistance erupting around the world, and can inspire similar movements in their own countries. Statements issued by Faschingstein and London on Tuesday struck almost identical tones. State Dept spox Morgan Ortagus called for “restraint” by protesters as well as police. Johnson’s office urged the Chinese regime to find a solution. Downing Street said:

We want to see the HK authorities agree a path to resolve this situation.

The way forward for the HK students and workers lies in unifying their struggle with those of the working class globally against their common exploiters in the capitalist class, including the fraudulently labelled Chinese “communist” regime, and fighting for genuine international socialism.

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