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People who don't get this sometimes tell me that we should "support" the protesters in a given unabsorbed region, but they're always very reluctant to say what they mean by "support". Do they mean simply joining the western mass media in uncritically cheerleading for an uprising which benefits western power structures? Do they mean send them money? Weapons? An emotional thumbs-up? Prayers? Getting someone to say what they mean when they say we should "support" the Hong Kong protesters or whomever is like pulling teeth, because it would bring up a lot of cognitive dissonance to actually turn and examine what's behind the impulse they're following: narrative management. They're promoting pro-empire narrative management, and nothing more. And they're doing this because the empire narrative managers trained them to.
"Centrist" empire loyalists tend to ignore the protests in places like France while amplifying and cheerleading the protests in places like Hong Kong. Right-wing empire loyalists sometimes do it a little differently, actively conflating the Yellow Vests protests with protests in places like Hong Kong despite the very different forces that are at play in those two situations. But in both cases they're effectively mirroring the same State Department posture that Brian Hook tried to educate into Rex Tillerson in 2017.
Don't subject yourself to such indignities. If the political/media class is going to propagandize the masses into supporting the advancement of the agendas of the empire, at least make them do it without your help.