US & HK Violence : (Part 1) Finding the truth of the narratives
Updated: Jan 20
The Jimmy: shackles of conscience become reality: It is often said that "a picture paints a thousand words". It is time to recognise, therefore, that many thousands of words are warranted in the case of images cast side by side this past week or so. An image of protesters in Hong Kong (HK) in the Legislative Chamber of the HK government has been widely disseminated alongside another image of protesters in the Capitol Building of the United States government in Washington. What are we to say and think when these images, viewed out of their context, are clearly capturing global attention?
This blog provides an indepth response to CCP's and Hong Kong government's narrative concerning the comparison made of Hong Kong's 1 July 2019 Legislative Council (LegCo) protest and the America capitol Washington D.C. 6 January 2021 insurrection. Please click here for: Part 2; Part 3.
There are several sections in this first part on the response:
1. The origins of protest in Hong Kong
2. Violence here, violence there
3. CCP has no positive narrative
4. Discrimination here, discrimination there
5. Perverse Propaganda
6. The context of Hong Kong LegCo protest on 1 July 2019
7. A narrative to win the minds of mainland Chinese
1. The origins of protest in Hong Kong
As HK protesters we own our peaceful protests and related stories: these protest narratives are an important part of us, our community, culture, language and who we are as a people! These are our stories!
Under UN international treaties ICCPR, ICESCR and Joint Declaration HK people have fundamental human rights as agreed by CCP, a member of the Security Council of the United Nations. CCP must uphold international treaties to be a member of the international community in good standing.
HK's constitution is the Joint Declaration signed between China and UK, lodged with the UN and valid from 1 July 1997 for 50 years until 30 June 2047. This international treaty provides for amongst other things '50 years HK lifestyle remains unchanged, a high degree of autonomy, common law and an independent judiciary'.
Under the Joint Declaration CCP drafted the Basic Law and coined China's policy of 'one country, two systems.' However, we now find that CCP's Emperor Xi Jinping rejects Universal values and the 'rule OF law'; CCP's judicial system is the arbitrary 'rule BY law' and HK with its common law has the 'rule OF law'.
There was (past tense!) a 'legal firewall' built by the UK in an attempt to ensure post 1997 handover to China the continuance of HK's rule OF law and status as an international trade and finance centre. The Joint Declaration treaty and legal firewall was breached 1 July 2020 by CCP's enactment of the illegal national security law.
HK's Legislative Council (LegCo), whose responsibility includes law making and the HK government budget, is illegitimate because it does NOT operate lawfully using (ICCPR) 'universal and equal suffrage elections' and (UDHR) 'the will of the people is the authority of the government'!
Laws, budgets, motions and acts passed by an illegitimate LegCo must be rejected outright: i.e. in HK there is no rule OF law because the majority of the 'public' is not involved in governance and law making processes!
The majority of HK people who are HK protesters are represented by:
- A minority of seats in LegCo (the majority of seats are eld by elites and pro-CCP lawmakers);
- 24 November 2019 District Council elections pro-democrats won the majority in 17/18 districts; the only universal and equal suffrage elections in HK; i.e. the only legal democratic body in HK; 6 June 2020 majority of District Councillers voted AGAINST CCP's new HK national security law!
Because the majority of HK people who are HK protesters today remain under-represented in the governance of HK the only avenue for democracy in HK is on the streets (now off limits with COVID-19) or online. This amounts to CCP and HK government state sponsored 'structural violence' i.e. under UN CAT 'torture' and 'genocide.'
HK protests on HK social issues started on Christmas Day 1981 and have significantly expanded since the 1997 handover to China : Hence we say that the 'People of Hong Kong make the place!'
On 1 July 2003 an estimated 500,000 HK protesters marched against the first CE Tung Chi Wah's proposed 'national security law'. Tung withdrew the proposal and halfway through his second term he resigned for 'health' reasons. This set the precendent that future CEs would seek public support by consultation!
CLam's proposed 2019 'extradition law' was HK government's illegal proposed breach of the Joint Declaration.
HK's 'extradition bill' was the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019 (2019年逃犯及刑事事宜相互法律協助法例（修訂）條例草案) was a proposed bill regarding extradition that intended to amend the 'Fugitive Offenders Ordinance' (Cap. 503) in relation to special surrender arrangements and the 'Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance' (Cap. 525) so that arrangements for mutual legal assistance can be made between Hong Kong and any place outside Hong Kong. The bill was proposed by the Hong Kong government in February 2019 to establish a mechanism for transfers of fugitives not only for Taiwan, but also for Mainland China and Macau, which are currently excluded in the existing laws.
Given this narrative of events, it's clear that HK protesters are lawfully upholding the Joint Declaration: CCP and HK government are unlawful!
2. Violence here, violence there
Why you can’t compare the storming of the US Capitol and Hong Kong’s legislature
On the night of Jul. 1, 2019, Hong Kong protesters smashed the local legislature’s glass doors and took over the building.
Yesterday, as photos of a pro-Trump mob breaching the US Capitol began circulating, many who know Hong Kong began bracing for the inevitable comparison.
Some comparisons are going to be made because at least at a superficial level, there are a few moments that do echo one another. For example, placed side by side, a photograph capturing Trump supporter occupying the Senate leader’s chair calls to mind some images of protesters at the dais in Hong Kong’s legislature. But many of the comparisons are driven by an agenda, in which pro-Beijing outlets or voices argue that people in the US apply double standards in supporting Hong Kong’s protesters, while condemning yesterday’s pro-Trump crowd as rioters.
The images that look alike actually depict actions that couldn’t be more different. Where one moment symbolized hunger for the right to a full and free vote—the other was a willful denial of a fair election won in part thanks to grassroots efforts at expanding voter rights.
Tony Lin, a US-based journalist who formerly worked at Quartz, noted that the pro-Trump mob and Hong Kong’s protesters were motivated by goals that are pretty much diametrically opposed.
“So many nuances need to be addressed, but at [the] core what many [people] fought for in Hong Kong was EXACTLY what DC extremists [are] trying to dismantle in the US: the right to vote,” he wrote. “…there should be a HUGE distinction between these two demands: ‘I want to vote’ v.s. ‘I want my candidate to win.’”
When Hong Kong protesters made their way into the local Legislative Council in 2019, it was a protest fundamentally against the Communist Party of China, which turned back on a pledge to give Hong Kongers the right to choose their leader, and instead steadily dismantled the city’s autonomy. The city has been ruled by a government chosen in a byzantine way and led by a leader basically appointed by Beijing. For a long time, nevertheless, Hong Kongers did try to play by the rules, with peaceful protests and by fielding candidates for those elections that were open.
On the day of the storming of the legislature, many of the actions carried out by protesters in the legislature referred to their disenfranchisement, and the repudiation of their efforts to participate even in a rigged system. They put up the British colonial flag, defaced portraits of government officials, and graffitied walls with political slogans like “It was you who taught me peaceful marches do not work.”
The pro-Trump mob that staged a violent insurrection in Washington DC, on the other hand, had entirely disparate objectives. Theirs was an attempt to undermine their country’s free and fair elections, while flying flags that symbolize the oppression of entire groups of Americans and donning the garb of neo-Nazism [white supremacists] in their bid to overturn the results of November’s presidential election. Incited by president Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud—and grievances and confusion over their place in a country that is trying to grapple with its history—they violently refused to accept legitimate electoral results.
“I would just observe that those in the US were acting from a position of privilege and grievance, and trying to overturn the results of a valid election, while those in Hong Kong were an oppressed population demanding the right to have a fair election,” said Antony Dapiran, a Hong Kong-based lawyer and the author of City on Fire, a book about the 2019 Hong Kong protests.
In many ways, the results in November—and again in the Georgia senate run-offs yesterday—are the culmination of grassroots activism by people like Stacey Abrams, a former gubernatorial candidate, who have worked over many years to shore up belief in democracy in the US, and undo America’s long legacy of disenfranchisement and voter suppression [of people of colour].
One number perhaps best captures the yawning gap between what’s at stake in the US and Hong Kong.
On the same day that Washington DC police arrested 52 people in connection with the Capitol insurrection, Hong Kong police arrested almost exactly the same number of individuals. Their alleged crime: subversion of state power for trying to gauge public opinion and win seats in a legislative election already designed to favor politicians loyal to Beijing and big business.
That election has since been indefinitely postponed.
3. CCP has no positive narrative
In China's Constitution the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is formally the 'People's democratic dictatorship': supposedly China is a socialist state with 'Chinese characteristics'. China has a 'democracy' and 'decisions decided by one vote': example, Deng Xiaoping's vote for Tiananmen massacre of 4 June 1989!
What is always missing from CCP during the reign of Emperor Xi Jinping is the depth of evidence and facts which supports their narrative!
For example, the world's largest and perhaps most important ever medical study covered involved 880 million people in China with the results published in 1981 “Diet Lifestyle & Mortality in China.” This study was initiated by CCP's Chou En Lai after being diagnosed with cancer; he died from bladder cancer. The study concluded that the healthiest human lifestyle is a plant based diet with rarely meat or fish consumed (i.e. rarely animal proteins). Instead of heeding the findings of this study, sadly the CCP in their corruption and greed has significantly harmed the health of China's environment and Chinese citizens have paid a massive price with their loss of health!
Everywhere we see that CCP is using propaganda and lies to gaslight and distort the truth. China is not the friend of USA - it never was! In the 1940's CCP's Mao Zedong gave speeches about wanting to make China a democracy - as soon as he succeeded in his bloody revolution over ROC he became the most murderous totalitarian in human history!
Many can see that Taiwan has become a world class democracy and economy! In contrast, China, Singapore and Hong Kong (HK) are Han Chinese feudal plutocracies - they are not democracies! CCP are nationalists where 'face' is everything!
There is NO meaningful positive narrative nor legacy from totalitarian CCP that has killed at least 77 million Chinese citizens since 1949! CCP's and Emperor Xi Jinping's lasting legacy worldwide will always include COVID-19!
4. Discrimination here, discrimination there
Discrimination is illegal and a core underlying issue in USA and HK!
ICCPR Article 2.1. "Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to respect and to ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."
USA is supposed to be a developed democracy. Yet America, mostly outside of cities, has deep seated racial injustice and discrimination by whites against non-whites including indigenous native American Indians, African Americans and Asians.
White supremacists have always been very closely linked to US President Trump - they supported his 6 January 2021 alleged 'insurrection' of US Congress which included violence, murder of a policeman etc. Trump has been a very divisive US President refusing to meet his Constitutional duties of uniting the peoples of USA.
In USA the white population are starting to lose their current majority status amongst the population, and hence they feel their 'control' is diminishing in parts of the country; they are losing to African Americans, Latinos and Asians. The treatment of the latter three racial groups at the BLM protests in Washington D.C. versus the 6 January 2021 treatment of white supremacists involved in an alleged 'insurrection' in which they murdered a policeman, beat policewomen and men, searching the building for government leaders including Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi, etc. only highlights the difference in the police response to different racial groups.
HK is a Chinese feudal plutocracy! HK is not a democracy - the majority of HK people who are protesters uphold the Joint Declaration and want HK to be a democracy with universal and equal suffrage for all elections with their will being the authority of the HK government.
In HK the first and greatest discrimination is from the Chinese HK elites who discriminate against other financially poorer HK Chinese. Discrimination goes through all aspects of life in HK starting with pre-school education at an early age.
Since protests began in June 2019 police have taken it upon themselves to discriminate against anyone they suspect of being a 'HK protester.' By comparison CCP or police supporters are allowed to commit 'chargeable' offences with impunity.
The worst discimination group by the CCP, HK government and police is against children and youth. CCP was once a student organization heavily funded by the Soviets; having overthrown the rulers CCP is scared of being overthrown by students!
Foreigners are openly discriminated against by some HK Chinese to varying degrees including according to the darkness of their skin - the darker you are the worst the discrimination. The largest foreign communities are the often abused domestic helpers from Phillipines and Indonesia who are paid very little, have few benefits yet work hard allowing both parents to leverage their time earning money. Because of the current HK protests, long term HK resident foreigners are now accepted by HK protesters and a new 'HongKonger' identity is being forged.
HK Chinese 'elites' include:
Carrie Lam and other senior HK government officials;
Business community; many of whom have investments in China and must be aligned with CCP;
Professional class; including lawyers, accountants, investment bankers, etc. some are aligned with CCP providing business services to mainland companies.
Despite wanting to line their pockets with high salaries, most allopathic Doctors and other healthcare professionals support human rights and democracy so are against CCP;
5. Perverse propaganda
Of course the narrative of the alleged 'insurrection' lead by US President Donald J. Trump in the US capitol Washington D.C. on 6 January 2021 has been grossly perverted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propagandists and HK government for their audience of one, Emperor Xi Jinping.
Why comparisons between the US Capital turmoil and Hong Kong’s protests amount to perverse propaganda
Lazy social media juxtapositions for laughs and meme culture should have prepared us for this. But seeing it on repeat on our screens the day after 53 pro-democracy activists were arrested at 6 am on national security charges made it unbearable. And yet, there it was: a false equivalence between the Hong Kong storming of the Legislative Council (LegCo) on July 1, 2019, and the mob of Trump supporters laying siege to Capitol Hill on the day in which Congress was going to confirm Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
The visuals have hardly any parallels: one was an empty chamber, at night, entered by young protesters, mostly dressed in black and with yellow hard hats – most of whom had been taking part in mass demonstrations for months against a hated and ill-conceived extradition law. The government had been refusing all dialogue, ignoring peaceful marches of millions, hunger strikes and countless negotiators who had tried to bridge the divide. They didn’t loot, but sprayed political slogans with black paint – and they were masked, conscious of the dire consequences of their actions.
The other, a mostly white mass of protesters incited by a president who never won the popular vote and has failed to obtain re-election but still refuses to concede – all while spreading inflammatory lies and conspiracy theories. They carelessly picked things up – like the grinning man who strolled around with a podium – and paraded themselves unmasked, basking in their impunity.
We could define both as popular anger. However, the anger that led to the storming of LegCo in Hong Kong erupted after years of peaceful requests for meaningful universal suffrage (promised to Hongkongers by the Basic Law) led nowhere. Meanwhile, the anger of the MAGA crowd was because of an election they lost and their desire to overturn the result – through violence – now that more ballots have not gone their way.
Those who have decided that the Hong Kong protesters are the “enemies of the people” (as Chief Executive Carrie Lam famously said) quite predictably jumped on the very superficial parallels, and used them in the oldest propagandistic ways: discredit the opponents, and use a very specific moment in history in the US to try and vilify the whole of democracy as a form of government.
First, draw an illogical parallel, then, use it to say that this proves that your system of government is better, and that the violence and the repulsive symbols used in Washington – by extension of the illogical parallel – are what the Hong Kong protesters would want too.
Perversely, this turns an anti-democratic mob into the tool through which an anti-democratic government tries to discredit a pro-democracy protest, saying that – in fact – all protests are, in essence, a form of mob rule. It doesn’t stand up to scrutiny for a second, but that is not the point: the point is simply to win an argument – no matter how fallacious – and ridicule one’s opponents in the style of the “wolf warrior” diplomacy that is now the favourite mode of communication of the Chinese diplomatic service.
The images that will probably remain most imprinted in people’s memories from the US are that guy dressed up like a buffalo with a big horn on his head and dubious tattoos with extreme-right wing symbols on his body. Or the other man with his feet on House speaker’s Nancy Pelosi’s desk, and a smirk on his face. Or the other one parading the Confederate flag through the corridors, that symbol of racism and slavery. Impunity, pride in racial discrimination and white supremacy, and a sense of easy triumph fed by the wildest mendacities propagated online and via extreme right wing media outlets.
In Hong Kong there were no smirks. Every moment of the storming of LegCo had gravity and fear stamped on it, and a gloomy sense of despair. From the Chinese media, though, and from Chinese official Twitter accounts, the message kept being the same: look at the double standards the US has! Americans applaud lawlessness in Hong Kong but don’t like it if it comes to the US! What goes around comes around. Schadenfreude is so satisfying.
The message, of course, is once again primarily for the domestic audience, long fed an asymmetrical news diet where anything bad that may happen in Western democracies is given plenty of space, in order to present a flattering mirror on China, where news on any national crisis is kept under tight control. Normally, propagandists have to work a little bit harder to make their points. This time, all it took was an image copy and paste and a lot of bad faith, to draw together incongruous parallels.
What matters of course is the timing, and the fact that all this has Hong Kong as a background. The city where promises of a “high degree of autonomy” have not been kept, and where – just the day before the Washington unrest – a repressive law saw 53 people who had tried to play by the rules arrested. Each were simply trying to enter that same legislative chamber that had earlier been stormed.
We have been told that they were putting together an “evil plan” by trying to win elections and maximise the role of the opposition and – the day after – as a commentary to the events in Washington, that democracy only leads to chaos. That this is not true – and that the two events are really very unlike each other – once again matters very little, as the world of propaganda is just a world of make-believe.
6. The context of HK LegCo protest on 1 July 2019
To illustrate the context of HK LegCo protest on 1 July 2019 in terms of the action of CCP and HK government and the will of the people, the timeline of events is:
February 2019 CLam proposed the extradition law.
15 March 2019 a small sit-in protest outside Central Government Offices (CGO) was organized by youth organization Demosito led by Joshua Wong.
4 June 2019 Tiananmen massacre memorial had a huge turnout roughly 350,000+ in Victoria Park; indicating the overall discontent of HK people to the proposed extradition bill.
6 June 2019 enmasse roughly 2,000 HK lawyers in a rare public protest walked from the Court of Final Appeal (old LegCo building), Central, and stood in silence outside CGO in protest against the proposed extradition bill.
9 June 2019 a mass peaceful protest of 1million+ marched from Causeway Bay to CGO against the second reading of the proposed extradition law which CLam had scheduled for 12 June 2020. (The last time HK had a 1million+ protest turnout was 24 May 1989 when 1.5million HKers protested in support of students in Tiananmen Square, Beijing). There was no violence. Despite 1million+ turnout CLam still refused to fully withdraw the proposed extradition bill. Secretary of Security John Lee announced that the government would resume second reading of the bill in full Legislative Council on 12 June 2019, bypassing the Bills Committee, whose role would have been to scrutinise it. Protesters and pro-democratic lawmakers were rightfully alarmed!
12 June 2019 outside the CGO, despite a peaceful protest (which had police approval) of a few hundred thousand and in a relatively small enclosed area, the police came out for the first time since 2014, without wearing identification numbers and in full riot gear, and deliberately without provocation started using pepper spray and tear gas on peaceful protesters! These violent acts on 12 June 2020 by the police marked the beginning of police brutality and repression in all subsequent protests. The planned hearing of the second realing of the proposed extradition bill had to be postponed. 28 June 2020 UN special rapporteurs wrote a letter to China regarding HK Police use of disproportionate force - to which China has never offered a reply. Still, CLam refused to publically announce the formal and full withdrawal of the extradition bill. She also refused to resign from her position as CE!
15 June 2019 after erecting a large banner from a building for the 16 June 2019 mass protest march, 35-year-old man Marco Leung Ling-kit committed suicide in protest of Lam's decision and police brutality of 12 June 2019. His anti-extradition slogans later became the foundations for the "five demands" of the protests, and his yellow raincoat became one of the symbols of the protests.
15 June 2019 CLam announced only the proposed extradition bill's 'suspension' (i.e. she could on a whim with no notice immediately retract her 'suspension') but she did not fully withdraw the bill nor offer her resignation as HK protesters requested. Her action of 'suspension' was seen as an unreasonable response in the view of HK protesters!
16 June 2019 A mass peaceful protest march from Causeway Bay to Central was the largest to date in HK with 2million+ which equates to roughly 25% of HK's total population! There was no violence.
18 June 2019 CLam officially apologised to HK public but ignored calls for her to resign and she still did NOT fully withdraw the bill! To HK protesters CLam was still being unreasonable and had not taken onboard her responsibility to resolve the proposed extradition bill political crisis that she alone had created.
1 July 2019 another annual 1 July protest (i.e. on 1 July public holiday commemorating the 'reunification of HK with China' annual marches organized by pro-democratic camp starting in 2003) organized by CHRF (permission given by police) an estimated 550,000 peacefully marched from Causeway Bay to CGO which is next door to the Legislative Council (LegCo).
After the peaceful protest by 9 pm a smaller group of protesters numbering in a few hundreds entered into the LegCo building after breaking glass and doors: the police were barricaded inside. The building was besieged by protesters who vandalized some parts of the facility. Nobody was injured.
Many have since asked why the police were only stationed just inside the LegCo building? Why were the police unable to stop just a few hundred protesters from entering?
9 July 2019 formally CLam announced the extradition bill was 'dead'. Being unable to hold a meeting in LegCo, and with continued unrelenting public protests (which only stopped much later due to COVID-19) CLam was unable to resolve the political crisis she created and unable to pass her proposed extradition legislation into law.
7. A narrative to win the minds of mainland Chinese
In this section we choose to bring you two insightful pieces:
How the CCP Sees the Riots in Washington: “The End of the U.S. Is At Hand”
Beyond propaganda comparisons with Hong Kong protests, Party ideologists believe the United States will collapse as the Soviet Union did.
“Double standards! The U.S. media hailed the protests in Hong Kong as legitimate, and now denounce those in Washington DC as an attack against democracy.” “Karma! The U.S. fueled the unrest in Hong Kong, and now sees the same unrest in Washington DC!” “Retribution! Nancy Pelosi called protests in Hong Kong ‘a beautiful sight,’ and now rioters have occupied her office.” These comments were posted time and again on social media, where there are both genuine supporters of the CCP and an army of trolls paid to post the Party’s propaganda.
This “spontaneous” reaction to the events in Washington DC was amplified by CCP propaganda media such as the Global Times, which conveniently ignored the difference between the social and political contexts in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
However, it would be a mistake to stop at this sort of cheap propaganda about Hong Kong. What is emerging in comments by Chinese journalists and bloggers who write in typical CCP jargon is also something different. We read that Donald Trump’s presidency was “the United States’ Gorbachev Era,” and that the end of the United States is at hand.
The CCP has devoted time and energy to study the demise of the Soviet Union, least the same mistakes be repeated in China. The conclusion, often presented by President Xi Jinping himself, is that the Soviet Union lost its soul when it started criticizing Stalin and even Lenin. “Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason, Xi said, was that their ideals and beliefs had been shaken. In the end, ‘the ruler’s flag over the city tower’ changed overnight. It’s a profound lesson for us! To dismiss the history of the Soviet Union and the Soviet Communist Party, to dismiss Lenin and Stalin, and to dismiss everything else is to engage in historic nihilism, and it confuses our thoughts and undermines the Party’s organizations on all levels.”
At the same time, the CCP believes that the police and army control on the territory of the Soviet Union and its satellite states slowly collapsed, allowing non-state actors (including religion) to grow and eventually destroy the system.
CCP theorists believe that the COVID-19 pandemic just accelerated what, according to Marxist ideology, is the unavoidable collapse of all democratic capitalist societies. They point out at economic and ethnic conflicts tearing apart American society. In Marxist theory, the end result may only be the demise of the democratic U.S. as we know them.
The CCP also believes that the American “ideals and beliefs have been shaken,” just as it happened in the Soviet Union: that there is no longer a national narrative and consensus uniting American citizens, with the results that “counter-powers” alternative to the state grow like tumors and are not kept in check by law enforcement, as evidenced by the late Washington DC riots. “The US system is degrading and showing signs of worsening as cancer,” the Global Times wrote on January 7.
In several Chinese social media, a long text published in 2019 under pseudonym has been republished, claiming that American diplomacy has now entered its fifth and final, declining stage. The author claims that there is no “new Cold War,” because in order to fight a Cold War a country should be largely united under a shared ideology, which is not the case for the United States today.
“The United States during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was in its prime of life, the author wrote. The United States is now in its twilight period. If the United States collapses suddenly like the Soviet Union, everyone must not be shocked or surprised. The collapse of a global empire like the United States will be similar to the Soviet Union in the process.”
Trump’s MAGA rhetoric, the author writes, was the “last wailing before death.” “Looking back at the history of the United States, it was like a child. From when he [non-gender-inclusive language in the original] was a teenager, he left his hometown and went outside to enter the world. When he was dying, he just wanted to exhaust the last bit of energy while remembering this. From the past, he staggered back to his hometown and walked to the cemetery he had dug beforehand. He jumped down, lay in it, and finally rested in peace.”
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China says US facing ‘internal collapse’ after pro-Trump riot
AlJazeera 8 January 2021
The [CCP] state-run Global Times says violence in US capital is the result of society’s ‘severe division’ and ‘failure to control’ the divide.
The assault on the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump reflects a failure of leadership, as well as the deep divide running through American society, editorials in China’s state media said on Friday.
Hundreds of supporters of President Trump besieged the Capitol on Wednesday in what House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi described as “an armed insurrection against America”.
The Global Times, a tabloid run by the People’s Daily, the newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, described the riots as a sign of “internal collapse” that could not easily be reversed.
“The unprecedented mob in the Capitol, a symbol of the US system, is the result of the US society’s severe division and the country’s failure to control such division,” it said.
“As time goes by and with abuses of resources by generations of politicians, the US political system has degraded,” the paper said, adding that such politicians “deserve chaos, violence”.
It also lashed out at what it described as “double standards” among US politicians who expressed support for pro-democracy protesters, who forced their way into the territory’s Legislative Council in 2019.
“In Hong Kong, violent actions are described as a ‘beautiful sight,’ in the US, people involved in this chaos are called ‘mobs’,” it said.
The Hong Kong protesters, amid mass rallies against a proposed extradition law with mainland China that evolved into calls for universal suffrage, broke through police barricades and vandalised the legislative chamber.
Hong Kong media pushed back on the comparison between the two events, saying Hong Kong protesters were fighting for more freedom at the ballot box, while the pro-Trump supporters were staging a “violent insurrection” to undermine their country’s free and fair elections.
Hong Kong Free Press said the comparison between the turmoil in the US and Hong Kong protests amounted to “perverse propaganda”. China has since imposed a sweeping National Security Law on the territory under which more than 50 pro-democracy politicians, activists and even academics were this week arrested.
Meanwhile, the official China Daily newspaper said Trump’s “narrow nationalism” had taken a toll on the US.
“If the Biden administration can draw lessons from the ‘darkest day’ in US history, the pain the country experienced these days may come to be viewed as growing pains,” it said.
“The violence and chaos that have erupted in the US over the past year show what happens when a country’s leaders lose touch with reality,” it added.
Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, earlier said that Beijing hoped the American people could “regain peace, stability and safety”, following the chaos at the Capitol.
As the violence unfolded, Global Times also published reports claiming Chinese netizens had labelled the riot “karma”, juxtaposing images of the events in Hong Kong Legco and the US capital.
The publication quoted Chinese netizens as saying that they saw the “chaos in the US as revenge”.
“This is the first political coup to happen in the American continent without the involvement of US embassies,” Global Times quoted one unnamed commenter as saying.
On the Chinese social media platform, Sina Weibo, a photo of a pro-Trump supporter sitting inside the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi also went viral.
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We should thank those writers and journalists who take the time and trouble to respond more thoughtfully to events, who are prepared to challenge the myopic view of people in power and those who are unthinking.
We have only scratched the surface. Please take time to read the other blogs in this series.
Pepe. & Jeremiah B.
Congress, Washington D.C. USA, 6 January 2021.
BLM versus 6 January 2021 Congress insurrection by Trump supporters.
CCP please answer the following UN letters sent to you:
Apple Daily 14 January 2021 'Editorial: Angela Merkel wins respect by doing just a bit more | Apple Daily Taiwan'
Apple Daily 14 January 2021 'Occupation of US Congress can’t be likened to that of HK LegCo｜Lam Hoi'
CCP's mouthpiece 'Global Times' 'A landmark night in US history: Capitol riots nation's Waterloo, destroy global image'
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