At least 13 people have been arrested in the first wave of detentions after anti-government protests in Hong Kong that led to the storming and vandalising of the former colony’s parliament.
On Thursday police said they have been being charged with offences that range from “possession of offensive weapons, unlawful assembly, assaulting a police officer, obstructing a police officer, offence against air navigation ( HK) order 1995 and failing to carry identity document”. The oldest was 31 and the youngest was just 14.
A Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker expressed fears Thursday that the situation could worsen with these arrests, according to Washington Post.
Legislative Council member Claudia Mo called on people to understand the frustration and anger of the mostly youthful protesters, even if they have technically broken the law.
“I am terribly worried that a massive kind of round-up of protesters could trigger very negative sentiment on the part of the young,” she told reporters. “Things could get worse.”
The former British colony has now become a torn-apart fuse that might ignite another widespread pro-democratic revolution across China.
The turbulence in Hong Kong was triggered by an extradition bill critics say will undermine Hong Kong’s much-cherished independent judiciary and give Beijing powers to prosecute activists in mainland courts, which are controlled by the Communist Party.
Although state-controlled media in the country have completely ignored coverage of Hong Kong’s protests and the government is working hard to delete Wechat messages of mentioning the activities, mainlanders are trying to speak out by “crawling over the Great Firewall”.
“Now Hong Kong has become a source of what many mainlanders fear most: instability,” a netizen Yuan writes for Business Insider, “They don’t see a fight over individual rights. They see ungrateful separatists and troublemakers. And they believe the Communist Party will get its way eventually.
In the midst of widespread protests in Hong Kong, encrypted messaging app Telegram said it was hit with a massive DDoS attack originating from Chinese IP addresses.
According to Ludepress, more DDoS attacks from Chinese hackers have been targeting American servers these days trying to undermine efforts of the joint global force against the Communist Regime.
Some are complaining about U.S president Donald Trump’s not challenging President Xi on the issue of Hong Kong during the G20 summit in Osaka last week. Trump did say in his Oval Office later that he “briefly” touched the issue.
More people are sure that Donald Trump is serious in dealing with Communist China and he is fighting hard on different fronts in the meantime. “We must have confidence in President Trump as we have confidence in CCP killer Guo Wengui, “a warrior friends commented on Guo.media, “We won’t know what is happening actually behind the meetings”.
Top representatives from the United States and China are arranging to resume talks next week to try to resolve a year-long trade war between the world’s two largest economies, Trump administration officials said on Wednesday.The renewed talks were being held by phone, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. The president added that any deal between the two economic superpowers would need to lean in the U.S.′ favor, according to CNBC.
“They’re speaking very much on the phone but they’re also meeting. Yeah, it’s essentially already begun,” Trump said. “It actually began before our meeting.”
“It has to be better for us than for them because they had such a big advantage for so many years,” Trump added.
“Those talks will continue in earnest this coming week,” White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow told reporters in a briefing.
Trump tweeted earlier today, “China and Europe playing big currency manipulation game and pumping money into their system in order to compete with USA. We should MATCH, or continue being the dummies who sit back and politely watch as other countries continue to play their games – as they have for many years!”
Trump’s latest tweet read, “Iran has just issued a new warning. Rouhani says that they will enrich uranium to “any amount we want” if there is no new nuclear deal. Be careful with the threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before!”
Besides the adversaries in his government and Wall Street, Donald Trump is confronting the threats from Europe and Iran. The black-hand and his final target is Communist China.
This could be a difficult fight.
Everything is just beginning.
By Cloudy Seagail