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Stand With Hong Kong Against the CCP
To support the Hong Kong protesters and oppose the Chinese Communist Party is to “stand with Hong Kong against the CCP. Protests against a Beijing-endorsed legislative proposal have been a prominent feature of the recent protests in Hong Kong. Furthermore, demonstrations against a new national security law have been equally prominent. In addition to these events, there are also a growing number of diaspora media outlets critical of ccp repression in hong kong. In this article, I will examine these issues and discuss how they impact the overall mood in Hong Kong.
Hong kong’s opposition to the ccp
The recent crackdown on pro-democracy activists and media outlets has splintered the opposition camp. Pro-democracy journalists were arrested, and their websites were shut down to protect their staff. The pro-regime countermovement marginalized pro-independence and pro-self-determination activists. It is unclear how the new split will affect Hong Kong’s political future.
Tens of thousands of protesters occupied significant streets in the city for two and a half months. Beijing’s unrest in Hong Kong was seen as a political failure, and the Chinese media and political leaders began labeling it a “color revolution” and a threat to their own interests. The government, led by the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, intensified calls for security legislation in Hong Kong. Beijing rejected the British joint declaration with Hong Kong. A Chinese diplomat said the joint declaration was “now void.”
Protesters had called for protection for hawkers and localists. However, police used a portable podium to maintain control of the crowd. At the same time, angry protesters clashed with armored police officers who tried to clear the crowd with pepper spray and batons. Protesters also attacked police officers with bricks dug out of the pavement and glass bottles. The skirmishes continued until the next day, and many people were arrested.
Despite the lack of democratic institutions in Hong Kong, residents have limited political options. In addition to the Hong Kong National Party being banned in 1997 after the territory was handed over to China, the Chinese government has taken aggressive steps to stifle any pro-democracy political activities. The largest pro-Beijing party is the Democratic Alliance for Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAPHK), and the Bauhinia Party caters to mainland Chinese immigrants who have moved to Hong Kong. Although the Chinese Communist Party is not officially registered in Hong Kong, it is enormously influential in the territory.
While Mr. Xi Jinping came to Hong Kong in 2012, he was initially thought to be a pragmatist overseer who would respect Hong Kong’s political autonomy. However, he could show a far more ideological agenda than many expected. Unlike past Chinese leaders, Mr. Xi has repeatedly attacked mainland China’s civil society and judicial independence. Moreover, he dismantled the idea that laws and treaties had shielded Hong Kong from Chinese state power. As a result, many Hong Kong residents worried that autonomy was a fragile concept that could be broken.
Protests against a Beijing-endorsed legislative proposal
The Mainland Chinese city of Hong Kong has become a global focal point for anti-corruption and human rights activism. The protests started in 2014 when a Beijing-endorsed legislative proposal on universal suffrage triggered massive demonstrations. To curb police violence, the protesters gathered in the streets holding umbrellas, attempting to block police fire with their shields.
The Umbrella Movement, which lasted for more than 20 years, is now over. The second wave of protests began after a Beijing-endorsed legislative proposal allowed for extraditions to mainland China. Around one million people turned out in the streets, rejecting the new proposed law. Beijing’s legislative proposal also led to mass emigration from the city. The COVID-19 pandemic essentially put an end to the protests.
After the protests began, police opened fire on protesters, and protesters resorted to physical violence. The police have even killed a few protesters. Nevertheless, protests against the anti-extradition bill have drawn attention nationwide, with the issue having garnered worldwide attention. In March, the government announced it would resume the second reading of the controversial bill on 12 June, bypassing the Bills Committee. Activists reportedly gathered around a million people for the protest on 9 June, but the police have not yet confirmed the number of attendees.
Demonstrations against a new national security law
China’s legislature has approved a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong, which critics call a “killer blow” to the autonomous city’s autonomy. The draft decision, which passed with widespread applause, creates an administrative framework for sweeping anti-sedition laws in Hong Kong. Proponents say the law would stifle protests and prevent separatism while preventing acts of terrorism and subversion.
Originally intended to crack down on dissent in Hong Kong, the law may be used to target people of any nationality, regardless of ethnicity or religion. Already, 117 people have been arrested, and 60 have been charged in Hong Kong since the law went into effect. Violations of the national security law are punishable by life imprisonment. In Hong Kong, the law has resulted in a massive crackdown on human rights groups and other critics of the Chinese government.
The new national security law, which took effect late Tuesday, was widely condemned by the international community and prompted protests in Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the legislation, which criminalized disrespecting China’s national anthem. The protests, which started peacefully, soon turned violent. At least seven police officers were injured during the demonstrations. The Chinese government’s announcement of the new law has further fueled fears of unrest in the city.
The protests were halted after police seized a motorbike carrying a “Liberate Hong Kong” protest flag, causing it to crash into a group of police officers. In response, Tong Ying-kit was charged with incitement to commit secession and terrorism. Despite his conviction, he has pleaded not guilty. But he was denied a jury or judge and will face trial in Hong Kong.
Rise of diaspora media outlets critical of ccp repression in hong kong
Disadvantaged groups are not the only ones affected by Hong Kong’s repression. Counter-protest groups emerged from 2010 to 2018 and interacted with the pro-democracy protests. These counter-mobilizations were led by an elite-sponsored alliance and linked to traditional “leftist” groups. The emergence of satellite groups coincided with the peak of the protests and the rise of the localism movement.
The CCP’s activities were conducted covertly through its Hong Kong bureau, which served as the party-state organ in charge of Hong Kong and Macau. The Xinhua News Agency also coordinated the work of leftist mouthpieces, propaganda, and persuasion. By using a combination of traditional and social media, it managed to achieve a duality of proactivity and detachment, impairing organized resistance and avoiding accountability.
Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government has postponed Legislative Council elections for another year and implemented new national security legislation, including draconian laws that impose life imprisonment for crimes that challenge the PRC government. Furthermore, new national security institutions have little oversight and are designed to eliminate peaceful protests and challenges to the PRC government. In addition, the government has imposed censorship in public schools, banned certain types of books that criticize the CCP, and enforced censorship of dissenting voices.
Meanwhile, the police have stepped up the repression of dissenting groups. They have become increasingly aggressive in their attacks, chasing protesters into shopping malls, public housing estates, and gated communities. They’ve even become a threat to public order. But, this has been largely ignored. The rise of diaspora media outlets critical of ccp repression in hong kong is a welcome sign.