This past weekend, while Americans celebrated “Fathers’ Day,” hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of Hong Kong to protest new policies that will allow the city’s residents to be extradited from the former British colony to mainland China.
Demonstrators told Western press and news media that they’re protesting to “preserve the freedoms that were promised when Britain returned control over Hong Kong to China in 1997, something that’s been increasingly at risk given the increasingly dictatorial nature of China’s Communist Party,” reported the New York Times.
“Protesters poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with renewed determination and a lengthening list of demands, rejecting the government’s retreat on a contentious extradition bill and extending the political crisis gripping the semiautonomous territory,” America’s “paper of record,” wrote in today’s edition.
“Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, shelved the bill on Saturday and followed that up with a rare apology the next day, actions that pro-democracy activists dismissed as too little, too late,” TheNYT continued.
How many people were necessary to force an apology from a de facto Communist-controlled government, despite “special economic zone” status? Organizers gave an unverified estimate of close to two million of the territory’s seven million people.
“She only did it under pressure,” said Leo Cheng, a 19-year-old student, said of Lam’s public apology.
When Britain withrew from Hong Kong in 1997, honoring a 100-year-old agreement with China, the transfer of sovereignty was only to move forward if certain prerequisite conditions were met.
One of these conditions contained the governing principle, dubbed “One Country, Two Systems” by comparative political science experts. That principle was to govern relations between Hong Kong and mainland China for the next 50 years.
Under the stipulations of Britain’s exit agreement, Hong Kong’s domestic affairs would contine to be governed by legacy systems it inherited from centuries of British rule, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and free elections.
But less than 20 years into the agreed-upon 50 years, China began undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy by “pre-screening” candidates in the 2014 elections.
The response from Hong Kong became known as the “Umbrella Movement,” and included nine days of protest against Beijing’s violation of the agreement, reports Christian Post. At least three of the founders of the “Umbrella Movement” were Christians, including the eventual and ascendant face of the movement, Joshua Wong.
In April, 2019, several Christians, including Joshua Wong, were arrested and imprisoned for taking part in pro-democracy protests.
The Christian component is so central to the movement, that even the secular Wall Street Journal reported in 2014 on “an undercurrent of another, much older tension: Between Christianity and Communist China.”
“Hong Kong churches have long tried to spread Christianity in China. Protestant pastors based in Hong Kong have helped propagate the evangelical brands of Christianity that have alarmed the Chinese leadership in Beijing with their fast growth,” TheWSJ reported then.
And now, much like in 2014, Bejing wants to drive the car further down the slippery slope (more like mud-slide), by permitting the political extradition of Hong Kong citizens to mainland China for prosecution.
As the New York Times explains, laws like those advocated by Lam are intended to “extend China’s reach into Hong Kong and strip its residents of the protection of the law.”
And the first protections to be stripped will likely be those of Hong Kong’s Christians, critics state.
Berkeley Thug Arrested, Jailed After Hate Crime Threats Targeting Asians
Another white nationalist crime?
A Berkeley, California man with an extensive criminal history has been arrested and jailed after threatening Asians online. Reginald Jackson was jailed for violating terms of his parole after a judge learned of online threats the repeat felon leveled towards members of the Asian community.
“I’m gone blow a Asian done today”
“Like I said I’m in the town looking for an Asian to rob”
Using these images OPD identified him as a man w/a lengthy rap sheet including multiple weapons charges.
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) February 23, 2021
Jackson has been previously convicted of attempted robbery as a minor, assault with a deadly weapon, obstruction of a police officer, and multiple counts of possessing weapons as a felon.
A judge ordered Jackson to be jailed on a parole violation with a bond of $190,000, citing “incredible concern” with the frequency of his arrests on Tuesday. It’s unclear if Jackson, who the Oakland Police Department has identified as a gang member, will face criminal charges related to his violent threats leveled against Asians online.
Jackson’s arrest comes as members of the Asian community are drawing attention to a slew of violent crimes targeting Asians in California and across the country. In spite of video evidence revealing that some of the prominent crimes in question have been committed by blacks, protest movements in response to the crimes have blamed supposed “white nationalists” for the crimes. A left-wing protest in New York City blamed “white supremacy” for the hate crimes, seemingly looking the other way at the dynamics behind the incidents.
Several hundred people from the Washington Square Park "Unite Against White Nationalism" rally are now marching through Chelsea.
This protest is in response to anti-Asian/AAPI violence happening in New York and across the country. pic.twitter.com/Qy3kG3tRiK
— NYC Protest Updates (@protest_nyc) February 20, 2021
There’s reason to believe that the crimes in question have been enabled by soft-on-crime practices utilized in California and New York, where repeat offenders are often released from the criminal justice system with a slap on the wrist. If members of the community continue to blame fictitious bogeymen for their occurrences, it’s likely the racially charged hate crimes will continue.
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