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Hong Kong Protests Escalate

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 4:39 pm

[Headline and tweets from DRJ]

Six hours ago, @Real Donald Trump tweeted this:

Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!

12:17 PM · Aug 13, 2019

Then he retweeted this tweet showing a military convoy in Hong Kong:

Disturbing video taken in #Shenzhen just across the boarder with #HongKong. Something extraordinarily bad is about happen. #China #HongKongProtests #Democracy #SaveHongKong

Around the same time, the BBC reports riot police arrived in Hong Kong as Hong Kong protests cripple airport for second day:

Hong Kong International Airport saw chaotic scenes on a second consecutive day of massive anti-government protests that have paralysed one of Asia’s key transport hubs.

Squads of riot police arrived shortly before midnight after thousands of demonstrators again flooded the terminal buildings during the day.

Flight departures were brought to a standstill amid scuffles.

At least three men were mobbed inside the airport by protesters. They were said to be holding identity cards showing they were police officers from mainland China. Hong Kong police have admitted deploying officers disguised as anti-government protesters during the unrest in the city.

Previously, Trump has praised the Chinese for stopping protests with strength.


6 Responses to “Hong Kong Protests Escalate”

  1. Hong Kong had a good run.

    mg (8cbc69)

  2. Everyone should be calm and safe!

    Is he telling protesters to stop protesting or China to back off, or both?

    DRJ (15874d)

  3. From what I can see, the airport was cleared out hours ago. I suppose in a few hours the young protesters may show up there or somewhere else. Then again, if they are smart-which they appear to be-they’ll wait for those tanks to return.

    As for the president-not my choice, but he has shown an affinity for the tough, even regarding Tienanmen Square.

    Kathianne (b50bc6)

  4. we should take 400miles of federal lands in California call it Hong Kong 2 and give every Hong konger a 20 year residency/work permit in that specific area and then set back and watch the crapstorm.

    mg (8cbc69)

  5. Here’s a good summary of events on the ground.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  6. HK is part of China, no matter the “one country, two systems” agreement. The agreement was a face saving gesture given the weakness of the British position, like the lamb and the wolf deciding what was for dinner. October 1st is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, so I expect the protests will end (by any means necessary) by then.

    Be safe!

    rip mudock (d2a2a8)

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