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The City of Prague Stands up to Red China

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After the city of Prague, Czech Republic decided to withdraw from its sister-city partnership with Beijing, Chinese political leadership  was infuriated.

This conflict emerged when the Pirate Party won the Prague mayor’s office and voiced its displeasure with Beijing’s “one China” policy, which sees Taiwan and Tibet as part of  China.

This sister-city agreement was signed in 2016, but was rescinded on October 7, 2019. Mayor Zdenek Hrib claimed that China refused to take down any mention of this policy. Hrib asserted that the declaration was not suitable for an agreement between the two cities, given that it’s a question of national policy.

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China’s embassy was not happy, which then went on Facebook urging Prague’s leadership to change its position as soon as possible or “it will be their own interests that will be hurt.”

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This cancellation must still receive the city assembly’s approval. After sending a “serious protest” to the city’s political leadership, the Chinese embassy declared that this rupture of ties is “a breach of trust” which hurts relations between China and the Czech Republic.

Prague’s policies towards China conflict with Czech national leadership. President Milos Zeman is a strong supporter of Chinese investment in Europe. The Czech Foreign Ministry, which acknowledges the one China policy, said the Czech government would stay out of this matter.

This dispute’s origins can be traced to last year when China banned several orchestras with “Prague” in their names from performing in the country after Hrib did not bother to kick out a Taiwanese diplomat from a meeting he held.

Prague has been a hub of support for Tibet, with the former President Vaclav Havel and other elected officials hosting the exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama in the past — much to Beijing’s consternation.

Under Hrib’s leadership, the practice of displaying the Tibetan flag at Prague city hall — a practice dating back to Havel’s presidential administration — was restored. However, the national government has taken a different approach by having police suppress peaceful protests during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit in 2016  where people also had their  Tibetan flags removed from their homes.

China’s ascent as a world power has been controversial to say the least.

From a genocidal communist experience to market liberalization in the 1980s, China has undergone a significant transformation in the last 50 years that has taken it to considerable heights on the world stage.

However, these reforms have not changed its authoritarian political structure and questionable trade policies with other nations.

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 has made people realize that China has adverse interests to most Western countries.

For that reason, Prague’s municipal government is correct in calling out China’s authoritarian practices and at least challenging the narrative that China is a benign actor.

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NO MURDER CHARGES: Fired Detective Brett Hankinson Receives Indictment for Wanton Endangerment, No Officers are Charged for the Death of Breonna Taylor

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On September 23, 2020, Jefferson County Judge Annie O’Connell announced that fired detective Brett Hankinson will be indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.

Hankison had previously admitted to shooting blindly. Some of those shots were fired into neighboring apartments not into Breonna Taylor’s where her boyfriend had opened fire onto police.

Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers involved in a serving a search warrant on the night that Taylor was killed, did not receive any charges.

The city of Louisville was placed under a state of emergency on September 22, when city officials shutdown a significant portion of the city perimeter to traffic. The majority of administrative building and other businesses were boarded up prior to the decision. Louisville has been rocked by riots related to Taylor’s death in March. These riots have been occurring for over 100 days and have resulted in a number of deaths and heated confrontations with law enforcement.

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Starting on the night of September 23, there will be a 72-hour curfew in Louisville. The curfew will not apply to people partaking in essential travel, which includes work-related purposes or medical attention. Kentucky National Guard members will be deployed to the city for the purpose of maintaining public order.

Given the indictment doesn’t match the BLM demands of murder charges for all officers involved, such precautionary measures are necessary to quell potential unrest coming from the Left. Since May, radical leftists have taken advantage of controversial police actions to tear up property and cause mayhem across the country. An incident like Taylor’s death is most assuredly being politicized by the Left and will likely fuel further disturbances across the nation.

Conservatives and nationalists should make it a point to promote healthy debate, while establishing a baseline of public security, to ensure that the country does not spiral further out of control in such times of instability.

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