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Whenever Hong Kong protesters are destroying public property, there are no cameras of Western media outlets in sight. But when police decide to intervene, protecting their city, Western media crusaders emerge in full force.

On September 15, 2019, huge US flags were waving in the air. A massive demonstration, consisting of mainly young people, was moving up from the old British-built downtown area of the city towards the US Consulate General, often erroneously called the “embassy.”

The temperature was well over 30 degrees Celsius, but the number of ‘protesters’ kept growing. Many of the main arteries in Hong Kong were entirely blocked.

Western media were there in full force, wearing yellow fluorescent vests, their ‘Press’ insignia, helmets and masks. They mingled with the crowd, filming US flags, clearly enjoying the show.

President Trump, Please Liberate Hong Kong,” I read on several posters.

Liberate from whom?” I asked a cluster of protesters, all of them in ninja outfits, metal bars in their hands, black scarves covering their faces.

Several of them replied, mumbling something incomprehensible. One girl shouted defiantly:

From Beijing!

But Hong Kong is China, isn’t it?” I asked. “How could it be liberated from itself?

No! Hong Kong is Hong Kong!” came a ready-made reply.

Nearby, I spotted British Union Jack, with old colonial-era Hong Kong coat of arms.

The big demonstration was clearly treasonous. Its members delivered a petition to the US consulate general, demanding that the US Congress pass legislation that would require its government to monitor and decide whether Hong Kong is ‘autonomous enough’ from the PRC, and whether it should then qualify for US trade and economic benefits.

All over the downtown area, hundreds of ‘ninjas’ were shouting pro-Western slogans. Here British-era HK flags were being waved, alongside the US flags.

I approached a young couple among the protesters, who were resting on a bench:

Do your friends realize how brutal, undemocratic and oppressive was British rule? Do they know in what misery many Hong Kong citizens had to live in that era? And about censorship, humiliation…?”

No!” They shouted at me, outraged. “It is all propaganda!

Whose propaganda?” I wondered.

The propaganda of Beijing!

At least they spoke some English. A bizarre thing about Hong Kong is that, while some people here would like to (or are perhaps paid to say that they’d want to?) have the British colonial administration back, a great majority of the people hardly speak any English now, while also refusing to speak Mandarin. Little wonder that Hong Kong is quickly losing its edge to the pro-Chinese and highly cosmopolitan Singapore!

But the demonstration was not where ‘the action’ really was and I knew it, intuitively.

The flag-waving march was a big staged event for the Western mass media.

There, ‘pro-democracy’ slogans were chanted in an orderly manner. Nothing was burned, vandalized or dismantled wherever Western press cameras were present!

A few blocks away, however, I witnessed monstrous vandalizing, of one of the entrances to the Central subway (MTR) station. Hooligans who call themselves ‘protesters’ were ruining public property, a transportation system used by millions of citizens every day.

While they were at it, they also dismantled public metal railings that separate sidewalks from roadways. Metal bars from this railing were later utilized for further attacks against the city infrastructure, as well as against the police.

Umbrellas in the hands of ‘protesters’ were covering the crime scene. Umbrellas similar to those used in 2014, during the previous, so-called ‘Umbrella Uprising.’

No foreign reporters were in sight! This was not for the world. This was raw, real, and brutal.

Don’t film!” covered mouths began shouting at me.

I kept filming and photographing. I was not wearing any press jacket or helmet or Press insignia. I never do, anywhere in the world.

They left me alone; too busy destroying the street. As they were dismantling public property, their backpacks, stuffed with portable players, were regurgitating the US national anthem.

My friend from Beijing wrote me a brief message:

They are selling their own nation and people. We have very bad words for them in Chinese.

But it is not only mainland China that is disgusted with what is happening in Hong Kong. Three major Hong Kong-based newspapers, Wen Wei Po, Ta Kung Pao and Hong Kong Commercial Daily, are all pro-Beijing, pro-police and are defining ‘protesters’ as “rioters” or “troublemakers” (in Chinese).

Among the big ones, only Ming Pao and Apple Daily, which are traditionally anti-Beijing, are defining ‘protesters’ as ‘gatherers’, ‘protesters’ and even “liberators.”

Local citizens are mainly (as they’d been during the 2014 riots) hostile to the ‘protests’ but are scared to confront the mainly young, covered and armed (with metal bars and clubs) gangs. Some tried to, even in a luxury mall in the center of the city, and were brutally beaten.

‘Protesters’ seem to be on adrenalin, and in a highly militant mood. They gather and move in hordes. Most of them refuse to speak.

What is important to understand is that, while the rioters are trying to spread the message that they are ‘fighting for democracy,’ they are actually highly intolerant to all those who disagree with their goals. In fact, they are violently attacking those with different opinions.

Furthermore, and this I have to spell out, after covering protests in literally hundreds of cities worldwide, from Beirut to Lima, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Paris, Cairo, Bangkok and Jakarta: what is happening in Hong Kong is extremely mild when it comes to police responses! Hong Kong police run well and fast. It created human chains, flashed a lot of light and sporadically used tear gas. It defends itself when attacked. But violence?

If you compare police actions here to those in Paris, it is all politeness and softness. Hardly any rubber bullets. Tear gas is ‘honest’ and not mixed with deadly chemicals, like it is in many other places, and administered in small doses. No water cannon spitting liquid full of urine and excrement, as in many other cities of the world. Trust me: I am an expert in tear gas. In Istanbul, during the Gezi Park uprising, protesters had to use gas masks, so did I. Otherwise you’d faint or end up in a hospital. People are also fainting in Paris. No one is fainting here; this is mild stuff.

As for the ‘other side,’ the level of violence from the protesters is extreme. They are paralyzing the city, ruining millions of lives. The number of foreign arrivals in Hong Kong is down 40 percent. Reception at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which is right next to Sunday’s battles, told me that most of the rooms are now empty, and during the ‘events’, the hotel is cut off from the world.

And what about their traitorous demands? Would this be accepted anywhere in the world? Flying flags of a foreign country (in this case, of the USA) and demanding intervention?

ORDER IT NOW

Hong Kong “pro-democracy activist leaders” like Joshua Wong are clearly colluding with Western interests and governments. He and others are spreading, constantly, what anywhere else would be described as fake news. For instance, “My town is the new Cold War’s Berlin,” he recently declared. Yes, perhaps, but not because of the HK government, but because of his own actions and the actions of people like himself.

Coverage of events by Western mass media is clearly selective and that is putting it mildly. Actually, many media outlets from Europe and North America are ‘adding fuel to the fire.’ They are encouraging rioters while exaggerating the actions of local police. I am monitoring and filming their work and what I see is outrageous!

I am writing this report in Tai Kwun Center. Now world-famous art complex (of the “new, Chinese Hong Kong”), this used to be the Central Police Station under the British occupation, as well as so-called Victoria Prison Compound.

Mr. Edmond, who works for the center, explains:

If there was a referendum now, the so-called protesters would not win. They would lose. This is an internal issue of China, and it should be treated as such. A continuation of the 2014 events. What changed this time is that the protesters are opting for extreme violence now. People of Hong Kong are scared; scared of them, not of the authorities.

Here, prisoners were confined and executed, during British rule. Not far away from here, monstrous slums were housing deprived subjects of the queen. After the Brits left, those slums were converted to public parks.

Life in Hong Kong improved. Not as fast as in neighboring Shenzhen or Guangzhou, but it improved. The reason Hong Kong is being ‘left behind’ is because of its antiquated British-era laws, rules and regulations, its extreme capitalist system; because of “too little of Beijing”, not “because of too much of it.”

These hooligans are going against the interests of their own people, and their own people are now cursing them. Not loudly, yet, as rioters have clubs and metal bars, but cursing.

Western media chooses not to hear these curses. But China knows. It hears. I hear Hong Kong people, too.

Chinese curses are terrifying, powerful. And they do not dissolve in thin air.

[First published by RT – Russia Today]

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Four of his latest books are Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter. His Patreon

 
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  1. Beat the shit out of them, is what I say.

    Send in the tanks and run them over.

  2. They’re not hopelessly virulent believers in the absolute awesomeness of murderous Marxism, so of course Dre says “NO!”.

    Here, prisoners were confined and executed, during British rule.

    Dre is such a transparent lying blowhard:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/12/china-named-worlds-top-executioner-as-global-rate-falls

    • Replies: @Showmethereal
  3. What’s Hong Kong’s “freedom index”? Top 5 in the world? And it’s not enough for them? What’s the “freedom index” of the U.S.? Number 20 or something? Yet these thoroughly brain-washed young thugs think that they should be “liberated” by the U.S.?

    Note that the “freedom index” is a joke. I’m using it here for argument’s sake.

  4. a great majority of the people hardly speak any English now

    Most of the people in Hong Kong didn’t speak any English even under British rule unlike Singapore where almost everyone, if not absolutely everyone, spoke English before and after independence.

    • Replies: @Showmethereal
  5. d dan says:

    For months, the relative violence and brutality levels displayed by the protesters vs the police are well known for the informed people, those not brainwashed by western media.

    But the western propagandists, including some posters in this sites, are claiming that it is the police brutality that is making protesters angry, and the main reason that the protest is not subsiding. They even put investigation of police “brutality” as one of the “5 Demands”.

    Can’t get any better contortionists than that.

  6. Jason Liu says:

    People who believe in liberal, democratic, universalist values are always the villain. Doesn’t matter if they’re violent or not.

    In fact it would actually be better if the protesters were simply motivated by xenophobia against mainlanders. That’s far more manageable than a serious belief in “western values”.

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
    • Replies: @Antiwar7
  7. d dan says:

    Nathan Rich just released this video about biased media reporting on Hong Kong riots. It complements this article very well.

    In this video, Nathan went back to watch a 30 min video from VICE reporting of Ukraine protest 5 years ago, and compare it to a recent 4 min video from VICE on Hong Kong. And the contrast couldn’t be more stark. In the Ukraine video, the tone, music, wording, coverage was neutral throughout the entire 30 mins, whereas even in the 1st min of Hong Kong video, you hear and see every imaginable “bad” things about the police and “good” things about the protesters.

    Watch this to believe it yourself:

  8. Thanks for lifting the block on select and copy. Hope it is the new policy.

    Hard to share these great articles without pertinent quotes.

  9. You cant make this stuff up. These idiots are flying a British colonial flag claiming they want freedom?? There is more “freedom” now in Hong Kong than under thw British. When the British quelled riots in Hong Kong – people died. Thats not Beijing propaganda. Its scary how blind these rioters are.

  10. Antiwar7 says:
    @Jason Liu

    “Xenophobia against mainlanders” does seem to be one of their main motivating factors, though they’re smart enough not to make that an official part of their program.

  11. @Oleaginous Outrager

    Your comment isnt dealing with what the author is saying. The claim that HK is run by Beijing is false by the fact that these riots are taking place at all. Secomd the fact is the Brits did run HK with a heavy hand.

    • Agree: Commentator Mike, d dan
  12. @Commentator Mike

    Also of note is they (protesters) claim Mandarin usage is infringing on their rights. Yet Singapore chose to use Mandarin as one of their official lanuguages when most Singaporeans spoke Hokkien or Cantonese or Hakka or Teochew dialects.

    • Replies: @fenestol
  13. fenestol says:
    @Showmethereal

    Not only are the protesters on wrong side of history, they are on the wrong side of language history. Westerners learn Mandarin more readily than they do Cantonese. 100 years from now Cantonese will be a relic.

    • LOL: d dan
    • Replies: @Smith
  14. Smith says:
    @fenestol

    You are cheering for cantonese genocide. I cannot and will not side with you.

    Cantonese word has many loan words in vietnamese, it’s practically the closest language to vietnamese, and it’s a damn shame for lose it to lose out.

    Also, me think Andre should spend more time in joyful Johannesburg than spending times in “racist and xenophobic” Hong Kong.

  15. Malla says:

    Commie logic-
    When people protest against Commies —> Hooligans.
    When people protest which is in the interest of commies—> Revolutionaries.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  16. @Malla

    Malla,

    That depends on definitions and there is little agreement here on UR. How about those who claim US and the West are Marxists and communist, so those who oppose them are what? There are plenty of grounds to claim that China is capitalist. But any movement promoted by the CIA, USA, West, and Soros and his NGOs is no good for anybody no matter how you define it.

    Actually, come to think of it, I’d be happy to see Hong Kong completely independent, and completely economically cut off from the mainland, if they wouldn’t allow US bases there. Russia allowed that to happen in eastern Europe and look what it’s got on its borders now. I know Taiwan hasn’t got any US bases, but those who parade around with US flags and banners asking for Trump to come and save them could very well allow that to happen if they had the power. This isn’t about any revolution, it’s about a potential large land based US aircraft carrier on China’s doorstep and that will simply never be allowed, no matter the cost in lives or whatever else.

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