The Umbrella Revolution….
HONG KONG (September 30, 2014) — In one of the biggest political challenges for The People’s Republic of China (aka Communist China) since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, pro-democracy protesters took to the streets Tuesday in a growing confrontation with China over the financial hub’s future as either an enclave of freedom or another communist-controlled city.
Some protesters are already labeling the movement The Umbrella Revolution for the umbrellas many are holding to deflect pepper spray and tear gas that was lobbed by police on Sunday night.That fueled even more protesters to come out in force Monday. Tens of thousands of young demonstrators blocked what are normally some of Hong Kong’s busiest streets.
China, which has ruled Hong Kong since 1997 as “one country, two systems,” has denounced the week-long protest and, in typical communist behavior, blocked information about it from reaching the mainland of China.
Ever wonder how and why America fought for freedom in the late 18th century during the American Revolution? Look to Hong Kong today, and the Umbrella Revolution…..
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I've visited Hong Kong more often than any other city in the world, including cities within my own country, the United States of America….at least two dozen visits throughout my lifetime….as a child….as a United States Naval Officer….as a private world traveler in my retirement.
There are few places as fascinating, dynamic, industrious or exciting as Hong Kong!
I watched with heartbreaking sadness as Hong Kong left the British Commonwealth in 1997 and passed to the jurisdiction of Communist China.
I now watch with a held-breath, trepidation, and the greatest of joy and hope as the young people of Hong Kong fight for their freedom from the bondages of Communist China.
I sincerely wish the free people of Hong Kong all the very best of luck in their pursuits!
我衷心祝愿香港所有的好运的自由人在自己的追求！ [Chinese (Simplified) translation]
我衷心祝愿香港所有的好運的自由人在自己的追求！[Chinese (Traditional) translation]
And a final note to the “rulers” in Beijing: you might do best to let Hong Kong go their own way if you value your own economy and future!
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