Signs of Things to Come in the US: China’s Crackdown on Freedom

Chinese President Xi Jinping decided to sign a new national security law that would lead to a major crackdown on Hong Kong. As expected, it has not taken long for the police to start going after all of the suspected violators. According to the police, at least 300 protesters have already been arrested on a variety of charges. Most of the charges were filed because the people who were involved said things that Beijing did not want to hear.

If Hong Kong’s independence is promoted in any way, they waste no time going after these folks, too. Believe it or not, the protesters were not being subjected to the whims of the Chinese security forces or anything so severe. In fact, the arrests were made because of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Lam sent the local police to do his bidding and praised China’s decision-making process.

He claims to be happy about the new law and we are stunned. Hong Kong’s own citizens are being sold down the river and no one seems to care. Everyone is so consumed with all of the issues currently taking place in the world. It can be hard to find the emotional bandwidth to look into the things that are going on in other regions.

Right now, the Hong Kong citizens are dealing with their own form of police brutality. They are protesting the new laws and being met by pepper pellets and tear gas. No one should have to face this kind of treatment for speaking out about what they believe in. Anyone who possessed items that advocated for the independence of Hong Kong were detained by the police as well.

Lam claims that the law needed to be signed because Hong Kong’s stability was at stake. This seems like a rather dubious claim. All it takes is one look at the photos of the protests to show how silly it is. These are not people who are going to causing any sort of problem. They are concerned citizens who want to know why their government has failed them this badly.

The protesters took the brunt of the police’s abuse and many of them were beaten with batons. CNN reporters also found themselves stranded in the fray. Their lives were also placed in serious danger by the Hong Kong police force. Hong Kong’s internal legislature has failed miserably. The people are tired of their lack of transparency and efforts geared towards increasing it have not worked very well.

Hong Kong police made their first arrests Wednesday under a new national security law imposed a day earlier by China’s central government, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against it.

Police said nine people were arrested under the law, including a man with a Hong Kong independence flag and a woman holding a sign displaying the British flag and calling for Hong Kong’s independence. Others were detained for possessing items advocating independence. Further details were not immediately available.

Hong Kong police said on Facebook that they arrested more than 300 people on various charges, including unlawful assembly, possession of weapons and violating the national security law.

Beijing will sniff out any attempt at reform and do away with it before anyone even has a chance to know what hits them. China’s elections are also a complete and total sham. If they do not like the results, they have the “winner” replaced right away. Those who are not in Xi Jinping’s back pocket at all times need not apply. You must be willing to do the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party if you are going to be elected.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s display was absolutely shameful. Where is the backbone here? Beijing needs to know that they cannot push people around like this. The United States is not about to step in any time soon, so someone will need to step up to the plate. This is the fall of Hong Kong and it is happening in real-time. We wish that we were being dramatic but that is the furthest thing from the truth.

The crackdown on freedom has us wondering if the United States is in similar trouble. There are a lot of parallels at the moment, especially since we are experiencing widespread protests and a sizable amount of social upheaval. Hong Kong’s situation could be very informative for the rest of us, providing our leaders with a handbook of things not to do. When Chinese troops and tanks start patrolling the streets of Hong Kong, we are not going to be surprised.