An unverified organizer estimate of nearly 2 million (out of 7 million) Hong Kong residents have been protesting the past couple weeks. Dubbed the “Hong Kong Protests against extradition”.
It started because of an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong residents to be extradited to China. Currently, Hong Kong is an autonomous region (albeit this ends in 2047). This extradition bill was seen as a means by China of being able to exert more influence over Hong Kong by forcibly extraditing people they desired due to “free speech breaks” or other communist-BS.
In short, Hong Kong is a relatively free region. This was due to the “one country, two systems” procedure setup by the transfer of Hong Kong to mainland China.
China was trying to gain more influence over Hong Kong with this extradition bill. And the leader that tried to push it through (Carrie Lam), is practically sponsored by China. She could reasonably wear a China logo on her face, like a Nike commercial but for communism. (Read: Tale of Stela Covaci, life under Communism)
Anyway: Hong Kong protested. As they usually do. And they won.
Carrie Lam apologized and indefinitely delayed the extradition bill.
However, Hong Kong is still not happy. They want her to step down from her position as Queen China Puppet.
Maybe she will, maybe she won’t.
Does it really matter?
Are they preparing for future forceful resistance, or are they just barking up a storm? As mentioned above, the breach ends in 2047. After then, Hong Kong is China. Unless they fight. The resistance now is just barely trying to buy them some extra time. And that’s just if China decides not to invade like it usually prefers.
It makes me curious if Hong Kong is gearing up to attempt pacts with Taiwan, and maybe even remnants of Tibetan resistance. Truthfully, it’s the only option Hong Kong has at this point.
Either they team up and start finding ways of fighting back now, or they just play the waiting game for China to take them over in 2047 or earlier. Much like what they did to Tibet. And much like they are appearing to approach with Taiwan.
China has a knack for engulfing their neighbors. Will be interesting to see where this goes in the future. Hopefully Hong Kong residents can continue to enjoy the freedoms they have without communist intervention. But hey, at least they’re not as communist as North Korea (which China also unironically fully supports).
Some pictures from the protests. Maybe we here in the West can take some notes as well: