Hong Kong: Lesson in the Beauty of Direct Democracy

By Citizen D’Mused

If you haven’t heard much about the massive protests going on in China the past couple of weeks, then you are a victim of horrible news reporting.  Did I say China?.

Hong Kong 1That’s Hong Kong, specifically. They are part of China now. Venice, California doesn’t like being told to cover up their bikinis when coming in for a latte, folks in Hong Kong don’t like having long-held freedoms being state-censored.

Hong Kong is a progressive Western democracy being repressed 18th century-style. They were traded like a territorial slave at auction, wholesale, and they want a voice in their future. So, they took to the streets. Made Occupy look like they weren’t even serious about it.

The police at first behaved like American or Egyptian police behave. They attacked with militant force and tried dispersing the unrest with chemical weapons.

Hong Kong 2That didn’t work out so well. During the Cold War, we always talked about China being a scary potential threat to the US, because who wants to imagine a “billion screaming Chinamen coming at you?”

Well, Chinese police don’t want to imagine it. This is a HUGE protest. Proud people used to freedom who won’t settle for anything less Not at the hands of a truly authoritarian quasi-communist regime. Hong Kong is better than that. Imagine the throngs of peaceful protesters demanding a better tomorrow.

Hong Kong 5The numbers of people protesting is as surreal as it is inspiring. On the backdrop of the beautiful Hong Kong skyline, it is absolutely storybook. Below the image is a helicopter drone video of the protests. And, below that is a grouping of news articles and updates about it.

Hong Kong Protest Beauty

The video, set appropriately to the old Star Wars theme. Ten points if you can peg the closing clip. Think Blue. Always think Blue.

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Reference links and story updates:

1) First, the ubiquitous Wikipedia entry. Always the most up-to-date collection of source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hong_Kong_protests

2) VOX’s take. If you don’t know VOX, get to know it. New this year, founded by our friends, Democratic Strategist and MyDD founder, Jerome Armstrong; SB Nation founder Ty Blezinski; and the founder of the Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas. This visionary digital media stock, media-bred alongside Facebook‘s Mark Zuckerberg. This is the new proprietary face of news, and it’s run by young progressive media moguls.
http://www.vox.com/2014/9/28/6856621/hong-kong-protests-clashes-china-explainer

3) The Mic’s take. The voice of the Millennial generation sees it how they view the world.
http://mic.com/articles/100234/stunning-images-put-hong-kong-s-democracy-protests-in-perspective

4) [UPDATE] Reports of police crackdown, arrests, and injuries.
www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/news-wrap-violence-erupts-police-protesters-hong-kong

5) [UPDATE] One of the most interesting aspects to the counter-protest is the way their analysts have learned from us. Similar to what Dick Armey did through his American Enterprise Institute (AEI) with the creation of the Tea Party. The artificial pro-regime brigades were materialized with frightening “blitzkrieg” swiftness. They must spend phenomenal amounts of money maintaining these modern brownshirt Asian Green Tea Party. From the Washington Post.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/hong-kong-protests-dwindles-amidst-downpour-government-resolve/2014/10/03/17ab3640-4ad7-11e4-b72e-d60a9229cc10_story.html

6) [UPDATE] There have been talks with the non-leaders of this largely leaderless, decentralized, near-spontaneous protest movement. Not that they could negotiate a stand-down if they wanted to, but they don’t, and didn’t. They held true to themselves and Mother Earth.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/10/03/353454741/anti-protest-mob-attacks-hong-kong-student-camp

7)   [UPDATE]  One of the tough things in the Western world in taking this in and finding a place to file it in the “Mind Palace.”  Hard for English-speakers to fully grasp when the protest signs are all in Chinese and Cantonese.  Here’s a nice BIG one they made just for us>:
Hong Kong Protest

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