three cheers for hong kong protesters


There is a stand off in Hong Kong right now, between the Chinese state and local residents. The immediate issue is that the Chinese wants to pass a law allowing extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China. This may seem like a minor legal issue, but it’s not. China, simply put, likes to harass, abduct and disappear dissidents. So if you are in Hong Kong, the Chinese state would have the power to simply pick you and whisk you away. No wonder the population is up in arms.

. Their use of the American flag is no accident and it reminds us that our legal system, however flawed, does represent a vast improvement over the past. The US was one of the first nations to even conceive of the idea that the police can’t just pick you up without just cause. I am in awe of protesters who are putting themselves in harm’s way to defend that right. Three cheers for Hong Kong protesters and three cheers for the right to be free from harassment.



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Written by fabiorojas

August 20, 2019 at 3:42 pm

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  1. This is a fascinating & real time example of Schelling’s brinkmanship, the Crowds against the Chinese leadership.

    Hong Kong is not a city square, so sending in the tanks won’t be easy. Even from the PLA garrison in HK. The combined size of the Hong Kong garrison is approximately 5,000 personnel.

    Some see threats to turn off the water supply as effective — a blockade strategy.

    If that happened, would the US turn the pages back and dust off a Berlin blockade rescue? Not sure that the Chinese want to see the arrival of any foreign navies there providing supplies/support.

    Can the leaders of the crowds simply declare that they have won & turn to fighting the November elections? Or do they think more is at stake.


    michael webster

    August 20, 2019 at 4:29 pm

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