by Jose Nino, Big League Politics:
Things are heating up in Hong Kong.
The New York Times reports that activists are calling for a general strike and rallies on Monday, August 5, 2019.
Such unrest has led to massive disruptions on subway and rail lines. Additionally, more than 200 flights from the city’s airport have been cancelled.
These demonstrations are part of a larger wave of protests against an unpopular extradition bill that was introduced in recent months.
BLP covered these protests in June, which demanded that the extradition bill be killed, while also calling for the resignation of the city’s leader Carrie Lam.
These protestors have demanded more freedoms and have become increasingly suspicious of Hong Kong’s political elites, whom they believe are becoming gradually influenced by Beijing.
After much pressure, Lam pulled the extradition bill, but protests continue to rage on as the protestors want her to step down and they demand more freedoms.
There are rumors of a potential crackdown by Beijing should the protests escalate and the situation devolve into political chaos.
Conservative commentator Kurt Schlichter pointed out one very sobering detail about these protests:
“Note that HK citizens have no guns. Watch what happens to them. It’s coming. And I expect the Chinese will combine it with this trade war business to take the sanctions hit all at once.”
Note that HK citizens have no guns. Watch what happens to them. It’s coming. And I expect the Chinese will combine it with this trade war business to take the sanctions hit all at once.@thomasbsauer https://t.co/e3OMwXdOUh
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) August 5, 2019
Then a poster followed up on Schlichter’s tweet thread with an image of a Hong Kong protestor holding a sign saying, “We need the 2nd Amendment.”
Spotted at a protest in HK pic.twitter.com/NyZx3IAIoQ
— Vincent LaGuardia Gambini (@v_laguardia) August 5, 2019