They Want What You Have. Help Them Get It.

From Hong Kong, where hundreds of thousands demonstrated today, two voices among the multitude:

“We dare to say no to the ruler,” Jackie Hung, convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, told a large crowd before the march began. “The ruler cannot take away our rights. We want our rights back.”

Many protesters expressed anger at what they said were signs of growing interference in Hong Kong affairs by Beijing and efforts to intimidate the public before the march and ahead of key legislative elections in September.

[T]he punishing weather didn’t stop Ng King-lun, 82, who took up the rear of the procession.

“Even if I can’t enjoy democracy, I want our next generation to be able to live in a democratic society,” he said. “I am here to fight for their rights, too.”

Those simple words spoken aloud took more courage than you and I will probably ever know. Shame on us if we don’t listen, and give our aid.

Greater shame on those who’ll provide propaganda to the barbaric Chinese dictatorship, and speak blithely of their own ‘courage’ to exercise rights others would die to gain.

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17 Responses to “They Want What You Have. Help Them Get It.”

  1. Will Allen Says:

    I spent some time there in the pre-red era, and in many ways Hong Kong was the greatest goddamn city on the planet. May it be again some day.

  2. Richard Says:

    Speaking of propaganda in China, this is unbelievable.

  3. Conrad Says:

    Here’s how the official Chinese news agency described the march:

    Some Hong Kong residents joined a procession on Hong Kong Island.”

    “During the procession, the routes of 89 bus and 23 minibus lines were forced to change. There were some complaints from many members of the public.”

    and like this:

    The Hong Kong Garrison of the People’s Liberation Army opened its barracks in Stanley to the pubic. More than 43,000 Hong Kong people, including kids and the elderly in their 70s, visited the camps that opened from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.

    Visitors also had the opportunity to see warships, helicopters and other weapons and armaments at the military barracks.

    Meanwhile, demonstrators gathered at the Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island at 2:30 p.m. to hold a protest. They marched into the streets and caused traffic jams.

    Singapore’s Straits Times has a good story, here:
    http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/topstories/story/0,4386,259338,00.html

    And Will, don’t worry too much about Hong Kong, in most ways it remains very free and largely unchanged from pre-handover days. It’s still a fantastic (and fantasitically expensive) place to live.

  4. Conrad Says:

    Damn, pardon the Cheneyed up tags.

  5. William Young Says:

    Hey Will,
    Didn’t you hear, the US isn’t allowed to/supposed to be exporting democratic ideals abroad. It’s not what the US is about.

    Rather, the US must concentrate on further identifying infitesminally small segments of its own society that have, somehow, been wronged by the system/society/history and correcting those wrongs with government programs.

    There’s just too much wrong here to worry about the “wrongs” anywhere else.

  6. doc Says:

    They asked for it and got it. I dont feel sorry for them one bit. I spent a lot of time there a few years before the turnover and all you heard was how excited the Chinese people living on HK were to be reunited. They failed to realize that Commies are liars and their honeymoon is soon to be over and then they will be assimilated. People who live in freedom seem to have the same problem of not being able to understand how good they have it, so they try their darndest to get into captivity where they suddenly get enlightenment and want freedom back.

  7. Mike M Says:

    China has got to hold the record for the country with the most perpetually crappy leadership. It’s a huge, beautiful country with a billion people and its government has sucked for centuries. A billion people and the best they can do is some stuffed shirt commie who probably couldn’t run a lemonade stand?

    Viva la revolution! The sooner the reds are swinging from the streetlamps the better off the whole world will be. It’s been a bad year for dictators, let’s hope it gets worse.

  8. Tom - Daai Tou Laam Says:

    Hmmm… They re-route traffic in Central on Sundays anyway to accomodate all of the Filipina domestic help, who of course already have the right to vote for their representives.

    Another good jumping off point for reading Hong Kong bloggers thoughts (most of them first hand) is
    SimonWorld ‘s post More Aftermath with links to most of the Hong Kong bloggers thoughts.

  9. TXVet Says:

    I visited HK briefly after the fall of Saigon.
    46 hours I refused to sleep. It was a Wonder.
    When Beijing took custody I LMAO.
    Big Mistake.
    Hong Kong was capitalist before “capitalism” was coined.
    IMHO Hong Kong will eventually take over the mainland.

  10. Obsidian Wings Says:

    Let Freedom Ring? (I)

    It’s the weekend of the Fourth of July – technically, today was the anniversary of the day that independence was declared, but that’s history for you – so a look-see for people around the world still yearning for freedom seems

  11. Xinping Zhu Says:

    Stop fussing about HK if you are just a bunch of
    snobs who cannot even take care of your won country… HK is party of china now so it is the chinese’s business. mind you own business…

  12. Ben Says:

    P.J. O’Rourke quote Mao’s story about how to get a cat to eat a pepper, willingly. You stuff it up its ass, and it will eat it, trying to remove it from its butt. Hong Kong is a capitalist pepper that China is trying to devour.

    Authoritarian states do not work, they are brittle and prone to revolution, warfare, scapegoating others for the inherent failures of their own system. As any reader of Hayek would plainly see.

    As long as China is not free, and has nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, it is our business whether China is free, or authoritarian. Hong Kong is a challenge for the communists in Beijing. If they kill its freedoms, they kill one of the largest economies in that country. You think China can do that without repercussion?

  13. gijoe Says:

    who cares?
    it’s their problem, let them sort it out

  14. Jim Says:

    Help them get it?
    Does this count?
    http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/topstories/story/0,4386,259015,00.html
    That’s 7, count ’em, seven, aircraft carriers at once. Actually, carrier strike groups. Which means many ships. Many planes.
    If nothing else, I think the message to the Chinese is “tread lightly”.

  15. Martin Lindeskog Says:

    Gijoe said:

    “who cares?
    it’s their problem, let them sort it out.”

    Yes you could ask that question. I cared very much about Hong Kong after my trip to Asia in 1992, but I already know what Hong Kong could expect after 1997… The British should never given up Hong Kong. You don’t act as a “gentleman” against a criminal and dictator like communist China.

    For more on Hong Kong and communist China, please read my posts, 15 YEARS SINCE THE MASSACRE AT TIANANMEN SQUARE and HONG KONG.

    Best Premises,

    Martin Lindeskog – American in Spirit.
    Gothenburg, Sweden (a.k.a the socialist “paradise”).

  16. Eric Says:

    “Stop fussing about HK if you are just a bunch of
    snobs who cannot even take care of your won country… HK is party of china now so it is the chinese’s business. mind you own business…”

    God, is there some factory in Shanghai dedicated to producing xenophobic, ultra-nationalist Chinese automatons? You can’t witness any debate on the Internet regarding China without seeing one or two of them, if not a dozen, repeat the same inane prattle about one China, internal matters, “so-called” democracy, Western imperialism, etc.

    Perhaps some day, the factory will see to it that these automatons come equipped with a rudimentary understanding of concepts like freedom of speech and self-determination. But I’m not holding my breath – it’s really not in the owners’ interests.

  17. rosignol Says:

    God, is there some factory in Shanghai dedicated to producing xenophobic, ultra-nationalist Chinese automatons?

    Yes. When the ChiComs ditched communism, they had to find another ideology to replace it with. Looks like they picked nationalism.

    I hope they outgrow it faster than the Europeans did.

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