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The Hong Kong Protesters are Violent Right-Wing Provocateurs

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When people praise the anti-Beijing Hong Kong protests, it's typically vague as to which forms of Chinese oppression that they believe are being rightly resisted. The supposedly heinous extradition bill-which was proposed in response to a case where a man murdered his girlfriend and wasn't allowed to be prosecuted because he had committed the crime outside of Hong Kong-isn't even on the table anymore. So which specific Chinese transgressions are now provoking the continued efforts at insurrection in Hong Kong?

Despite the vague claims that China is suppressing "democracy," the reality is that the problems in Hong Kong are due not to too much Beijing influence in the island but too little. The island's government is run by a capitalist kleptocratic oligarchy that's carried out damaging policies like the deliberate increases in real estate prices, and there's no substance to the claim that China is in any way exerting its influence to make life worse for Hong Kong's residents.

Since the grievances of the protesters are based in legitimate hardships, their intentions are theoretically good. But Hong Kong's U.S.-funded political advocacy groups and Western propaganda outlets have propagated the idea that China is to blame for the island's decline in living standards, which has persuaded many people in Hong Kong to side with the colonialist, anti-socialist agenda of the anti-Beijing protests. As a result, these protesters have become dangerous disruptors who carry out aggressive violence to advance their right-wing goals.

As the staff of Fight Back News wrote this month, "The Hong Kong protests are an attack on socialism." They explain that:

The Hong Kong protests are absolutely not driven by or in the interests of the working class, whether in Hong Kong or mainland China. For one, the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU) has come out strongly against these protests. As one of the largest labor organizations in the region, the Federation represents 410,000 workers in transportation, logistics, manufacturing, infrastructure, construction and other major industries. Many of their 251 affiliated unions have actively campaigned against the protesters' calls for a 'general strike'.

Nor have working-class neighborhoods in Hong Kong joined in the months of rioting and unrest. An NPR investigation published on August 14 looked at the North Point district, one of the city's largest working-class neighborhoods, and interviewed construction worker Xiao Yongli. Along with his neighbors, many of whom are migrant workers, Xiao warned protesters against coming into their community.

The protests serve the interests both of Hong Kong's billionaires (who would be in better standing if China's authority were entirely gone from the island), and of the U.S./NATO empire (which has been using its political advocacy organizations in Hong Kong to undermine China's authority since the start of Hong Kong's break from Britain's authority). It's undeniable that the protesters are aligned with this imperialist agenda; the Civil Human Rights Front, a core organizer of the protests that has ties to the CIA front group the National Endowment for Democracy, supports one vocal faction that openly advocates for outside intervention from the U.S., Western Europe, and Japan in order to "liberate" Hong Kong.

The anti-Beijing protesters are advancing this repugnant agenda through the use of right-wing iconography and propaganda, as is reinforced by the Civil Human Rights Front's use of the far-right slogan "Reclaim Hong Kong! Revolution in our time!" The protesters have reflected these kinds of appeals to fascistic Western chauvinism by calling upon Donald Trump to "liberate Hong Kong," by waving British and American flags, by displaying the American far-right symbol Pepe the frog, and by deploying racist slurs against Han Chinese.

Like has been the case with past U.S.-manufactured "color revolutions," the Hong Kong protesters have also been using their U.S. funding to carry out violent protests. Commentator Thomas Hon Wing Polin recounted last month that:

Today, July 1, is the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong's reunification with China. On the auspicious occasion, a 1,500-strong mob of young Thugs for Democracy are laying siege to the local Legislative Council, battering down its reinforced-glass doors with homemade weapons (photos below). Police anti-riot squads are treating them with kid gloves, like misbehaving toddlers.

Meanwhile, during official HKSAR Establishment Day ceremonies, embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam pledged to be more "understanding" and "accommodating" towards young HKers. In future policy-making, she said, the government would take greater account of their views and aspirations. Lam's promise echoed the one made just two days earlier by her No. 2, chief secretary Matthew Cheung.

This is how the U.S. empire is gaslighting those who challenge its narratives about Hong Kong. These and other violent actions from the protesters have been done with the intent of provoking the police into responding with force, which can then be used to vilify China's police and win sympathy for the protests. Even though the far-right protesters and their capitalist backers are the ones instigating the violence, they're convincing people that China is the one to see as the villain.

In the typical fashion of a modern American media psy-op, headlines throughout the American press have been exploiting this narrative about Chinese repression by invoking another powerful image within the mythos of Western propaganda: Tiananmen Square. The New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, and other Western outlets have been frequently warning about a "second Tiananmen" soon happening in response to the noble efforts of Hong Kong's "pro-democracy" protesters.

And like was the case during the events in Tiananmen Square thirty years ago, the violence has been blamed on the police when the U.S.-backed protesters have in fact been the instigators. As Hon Wing Polin observed, the police anti-riot squads have been treating the protesters "with kid gloves, like misbehaving toddlers." The same was roughly the case in Tiananmen Square, despite the decades-long U.S. effort to falsely portray the event as a Chinese-created "massacre."

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The US empire's functionaries, agents and mouthpieces - as is typical of psychopaths - blame the victims for doing what the empire is in fact doing. The psychopathic empire seeks to gain public support for its crimes against humanity, by blaming its victims for committing those crimes against the empire.

This psychological strategy is called projection: claiming your victims are guilty of the malevolent motives that actually motivate your own actions. Sometimes the people who project their motives and actions onto others, actually believe it is the others who are doing those bad things. The projectors come to believe their own lies.

"Gaslighting" is the psychopath's attempt to make the victims believe they are the ones who are doing the evil deeds; so the victims blame themselves for what the psychopath is actually doing to them. The perpetrator actually knows he is the one doing the evil deeds, and knows he is deliberately trying to confuse the victim by doing bad things then denying he did them; and not doing good things then claiming he did them: all done (or not done) in direct view of the victim of the gaslighting.

The gaslighting strategy is designed to confuse the victim's sense of reality, by making the victim doubt what they see with their own eyes. Projection is a form of gaslighting, but projection is designed more to mislead people who aren't directly involved, in order to gain their support by blaming the victim and making people believe the victim is actually the aggressor.

Both strategies are forms of brainwashing, narrative management tools designed to convince people that lies are the truth; and the truth is lies. Unfortunately, because many people still believe "authorities" are telling the truth, the strategies are very effective ways to make people believe in a (virtuous, democratic) power structure that does not exist; and to not see the actual (vicious, oligarchic) dominance structure that does exist.

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"The same was roughly the case in Tiananmen Square, despite the decades-long U.S. effort to falsely portray the event as a Chinese-created "massacre.""

I'm at a loss to understand the eagerness to defend the oppressive, control-freak statism of the Chinese government. Is this really the model the author apparently prefers for everyone to live under? Really?

"..... and he saw blood flowing like rivers everywhere. The army had gone crazy, he said, and soldiers were firing whenever they saw people ..... shooting them like rabid dogs."

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I linked an article that explains why the "Tiananmen Square Massacre" is a hoax. Since you've knowingly ignored this information, I'm doubtful that your objection to my claim is made in good faith.

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And I linked to a documentary featuring people who were actually there that strongly suggests that it was not a "hoax".

The simple fact that the whole affair has been erased for Chinese citizens, rather than that the government would just come out and make its "kid gloves" case to the people, strongly suggests that indeed the military wantonly fired on many, many students that day, whether it was hundreds or thousands.

The real fascination for me is why you would side with such a regime, and seemingly ignore all the information out there, most importantly first hand accounts like from that documentary. It's one thing to want a 'socialist' governing model, presumably a very benevolent one with the utmost respect for individual sovereignty, but the Chinese government is anything but that.

I had read your article, btw, and it struck me more as propaganda than fact. Did you watch the documentary?

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It's a patchwork of video clips that show only one side of the confrontation. Imperialist narrative managers like the South China Morning Post will never acknowledge the protesters' slaughter against the PLA soldiers or the fabricated Tiananmen death numbers that U.S. propagandists created. It seems you won't either.

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Upon digging into this affair a little deeper, it would appear that my assumption about a massacre within the square was indeed wrong. I think you're right, technically, that the "Tiananmen Square Massacre" is a myth.

However, this should not lead one to believe the also false narrative put forth by the ironically named "liberation news", that the Chinese government was some innocent "kid glove" victim of a grand conspiracy between a few violent Chinese radicals and the United States.

This appears to me to be much closer to the actual truth of that period:

".....Western human rights activists and liberal commentators have also spun the story of Tiananmen, creating a fairytale version of events that bears little relation to what happened in those bloody days of June 1989....."

"......The Chinese authorities sent their tanks to crush a workers' rebellion. In their fascinating book Black Hands of Beijing: Lives of Defiance in China's Democracy Movement, human rights experts George Black and Robin Munro wrote: "What took place was the slaughter not of students but of ordinary workers and residents - precisely the target that the Chinese government had intended......"

"......The worst state violence occurred miles away from Tiananmen Square in the western suburbs of Beijing, where, as China expert Jonathan Fenby puts it, there was a "far bigger massacre of non-students". Hundreds of workers were gunned down in the streets, which is why some people, including many Chinese dissidents, refer to the events as "the Beijing massacre" rather than the "Tiananmen Square massacre".

Perhaps the reason people are so willing to believe thousands were murdered in Tiananmen is because Chinese governments have historically been so willing to murder their own citizens, in order to maintain absolute control. It may have been ~2000 in 1989, but it was dozens of millions in decades past.

So indeed, by historical standards, the Chinese govt. did treat their citizens with "kid gloves" in 1989!


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