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The latest chapter of Hong Kong’s ongoing fight for freedom took place on Sunday, August 18. This was the biggest protest since that in June when some 2 million people walked across Hong Kong’s financial district.
This time an estimated 1.7 million Hong Kongers braved not only torrential rains, but China’s heavy-handed authorities. Protesters defied police orders to limit the protest to Victoria Park and marched two miles through the city. Thankfully, in spite of that, this latest protest was also one of the most peaceful. Perhaps the growing participation of older residents, children, and teachers helped to ensure police restraint.
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Since the spring, demonstrators in Hong Kong have been marching against a controversial extradition bill and other issues that would erode Hong Kong’s autonomy from mainland China. Under this bill, Hong Kong’s Christians, who have practiced their faith in freedom, could join the plight of their mainland brothers and sisters under the Communist Party’s vicious crackdown on believers.
The extradition proposal (now declared “suspended” by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam) would allow the Communist regime to request the extradition of suspected “criminals.” We know what that means. Virtually every human rights and, particularly, religious freedom dissident persecuted, tortured, and/or imprisoned by China has been accused of some “criminal activity.” It’s the Soviet model.
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As with the Soviet Union – or with the People’s Republic of China itself – such demonstrations are not tolerated. On August 16 The Epoch Times reported that over 700 protesters – many underage – had been arrested since the demonstrations started. Protesters have been subjected to tear gas, rubber bullets, water hoses, and other forms of intimidation and repression.
The Tiananmen Square massacre and the possibility of such an event being reenacted in Hong Kong today is definitely on the mind of the Executive Director of the Victims of Communism...
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