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8/14/2019

Heartbreaking: Protesters In Hong Kong Apologize

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 2:37 pm

[guest post by Dana]

This is so sad, and yet so courageous:

Antigovernment demonstrators apologized today after two days of disruptions at the city’s international airport, which said it would limit terminal access to ticketed passengers and airport workers.

“We apologize for our behavior but we are just too scared,” read one post that was widely distributed on social media. “Our police shot us, government betrayed us, social institutions failed us. Please help us.”

A Chinese government spokesman denounced the protests as “conduct close to terrorism.”

Specifically, here is the government spokesman’s full denouncement of the protesters:

“These atrocities, which are lawless, trampling on human rights and inhumane, have completely gone beyond the bottom line of civil society, and is no different to terrorists,” China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong said in a statement on Wednesday. In a separate statement, the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office strongly condemned the “almost-terrorism behavior” of the protesters and called on them to be severely punished.

After having been shut down for two days due to being occupied by pro-democracy protesters, Hong Kong International Airport resumed normal operations today.

There are also frightening reports of the Chinese military assembling on the border with Hong Kong:

As sweeping protests persist in Hong Kong, satellite imagery purports to show Chinese military vehicles gathering in Shenzen, near Hong Kong’s border with mainland China.

Recently-arrived vehicles can be seen at the Shenzen Bay Sports Center, just across the harbor from Hong Kong.

Trump unhelpfully raised fears by tweeting about the border activity:

When asked by a reporter whether the Chinese should use moderation against the protesters, Trump responded:

“We’ll see what happens. But I’m sure it’ll work out. I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way. I hope it works out for everybody.”

And then there is this:

Our deepest prayers and highest hopes for Hong Kong and their quest for freedom.

-Dana

1 Comment »

  1. On this issue, I think Trump’s response has been awful, and that’s being charitable. At one point, he’s quoted as referring to the demonstrators as rioters. Doing that plays directly into the dictatorship’s hands.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 8/14/2019 @ 6:36 pm

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