- 14 Nov 2019 05:30
I used to be more annoyed by protesters than the government. Yes they have legitimate grievances, yes there is injustice, and no the government isn't listening. I get it and I feel the anger. On the other hand, they are narrow minded, self righteous, aimless, ignorant, imposing and xenophobic - basically a batshit crazy mob. No matter how much I despise the Hong Kong government, I can't find anyway to identify with them.
The one thing I will almost not accuse them of, is violence. Of almost 99% of cases, the pro-government mobs start the fight, stabbing, clubbing people, ramming taxis into crowds, firing fire crackers into crowds - and get beaten in retaliation. Hell, I would pick up a brick and bash his head in were I in the situation.
Not to mention the police now couldn't be bothered to even find excuses for their own excessive violence. They used to get shitstorms just for using tear gas, now they are just firing all kinds of bad stuff randomly at crowds (Sometimes empty roads) like it's Christmas. They will just arrest random people for wearing dark colored clothing or appearing at wrong places, abuse people they arrested, pepper spray pregnant women, fire live rounds at unarmed people point blank, ram motorcycles into protesters.
And who got arrested? 4000 from the protesting side, 0 from the pro-government side.
Yes you heard it from me - a staunch China supporter. I am proud of them for their accomplishments and appreciate all their geopolitical difficulties. I think Hong Kong and China can work together in a more productive relationship - and still do. But this shit that is happening in Hong Kong is just sheer incompetence and insanity coming from very high levels, as police violence escalated 10 fold since Carrie Lam met the emperor in Beijing. I seriously hope he has a better plan for Hong Kong - but whatever grand strategy he has in mind, I don't see how the damage will benefit anybody. Xi needs to calm the fuck down and start making some serious concessions.
Society changes, politics changes, no ideology should remain stationary.