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2021 has been a terrible, heartbreaking year for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong as the city’s authorities and the authoritarian central government in Beijing have forcibly removed and totally stamped out everything it has stood for. Activists have fled abroad or been locked up under a draconian new National Security Law imposed on the city. Opposition voices have been driven out of the legislature. Monuments commemorating China’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing in 1989 have been taken down. And as the year neared its end on Wednesday, a vocal pro-democracy media outlet closed following a police raid, silencing one of the last openly critical voices in the city.

Many world governments have been very critical of China’s backward moves in Hong Kong and have tried to support global democracy and deepen ties with other democracies in the face of a rising China. But China, which is ruled by the Communist Party, has pointed out flaws of other country’s democracy and argued that its own system has delivered both stability and a better response to COVID-19 compared to what it describes as chaos in many other countries. Well, not surprisingly the communist regime prefers absolute control by forcibly locking up its citizens and holding back supplies of protective clothing as the rest of the world ran out, also not accepting any kind of responsibility nor offering any advice for their very own ‘made in China’ CCP virus which could have saved thousands if not millions of lives.

Hong Kong, a former British colony that was seen as a bastion of freedom after its return to China in 1997, has gone through an overhaul of its political system and a crackdown on political dissent as Beijing and Hong Kong authorities sought to suppress anti-government sentiment that led to months of political strife in 2019. Recently, Hong Kong police raided the office of online pro-democracy news outlet Stand News and arrested six people two current and former editors, and four former board members including popular singer Denise Ho for alleged sedition under a colonial-era crime ordinance. The outlet announced Wednesday afternoon that it would halt operations following the raid.

Also recently in a pathetic bid to erase public memory the monument that encapsulated the feeling of despair regarding the Tiananmen Square Massacre in June 1989 was taken down, it was not only taken down but was cut down into small pieces and put into sealed containers. The beautiful monument was called the ‘pillar of shame’ and it was designed and sculpted by Danish Artist Jens Galschiot, when the artist was told what has happened to his sculpture he said that he was very disappointed but not surprised. The sculpture has always been a total embarrassment for the communist regime, and now that they have all these new national laws they can do whatever they want and this would have been very high on their to-do list.

This has been an unforgiving year with a string of arrests of activists and election law amendments that have all but quashed the pro-democracy movement in the city. More than 100 pro-democracy figures and others have been arrested under the National Security Law, which penalises actions seen as separatist or subverting the Hong Kong or Chinese governments. These include 47 people charged with subversion under the new law in February over their roles in an unofficial primary election held in 2020 to determine the best candidates to field in planned legislative elections.

The Civil Human Rights Front, a pro-democracy group that organised some of the biggest protests in 2019, also disbanded following a police investigation under the National Security law. The incredibly brutal way that these new national laws have been enforced is difficult to accept for all the world to see, but alas nothing seems to happen to the militant communist regime as they simply do whatever they want to do. With no shame of human rights violations and brutal beating, they are well and truly a law unto themselves. With all the potential trade deals it is obvious and deeply saddening that no one seems to be helping the people of Hong Kong.

Surely with the upcoming and already sullied Beijing Winter Olympics, this would be a perfect opportunity for politicians to speak up about the brutal takeover of Hong Kong by a bullying authoritarian regime, but as usual with politicians, they will be doing the maths to see just how much they can actually say and still keep their profitable deals with the CCP. So what then? do we leave it to the athletes to make a stand, to raise a fist on the podium, to say or even shout something during a race or activity?. Everyone has known for a long long time what is going on in Hong Kong and mainland China yet still only a few people, organisations and governments have the bravery to actually say something about it.  

The problem is much bigger than Hong Kong alone it is all about the sheer brutality of the CCP, with the Genocide of the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang where they are raped, tortured, forcibly sterilised, forced into labour, and killed all in the name of ‘re-education’ and made-up charges of ‘anti terrorism’ when in actual fact they are being imprisoned and killed because they think differently, they have a religion, they dress differently and they even have the audacity to speak a different language and these things totally infuriate the over-zealous and brutal totalitarian regime, the communist authorities are like young spoilt children that cannot accept anything that is not the same as them or their historical ancestors.

The Communist Party has a long history of brutality, from 1949 to 1976 the  Mao dynasty was without any doubt a most brutal and forever scarring period of China’s history. Mao was indeed a mass murderer killing millions of his own people due to the killing squads during the ‘Hundred Flower Campaign’ of 1956 and the ‘Cultural Revolution’ of 1966 and of course by starvation due to the incompetent way he ran his government and yet like all communist leaders, he was always fed and healthy and had wealth and all the trimmings that powerful leaders like him have. Communism is an absolute myth the leaders do not care about ‘the people’ they only care about their power and control and obviously their wealth. Communism is supposed to be where everyone is equal yet how come the leaders and their group of brutal officials are incredibly wealthy where is the equality in that.

Now with Xi Jinping serving as supreme leader of the CCP what will happen to China will it make any effort to reform or will it go even deeper down the rabbit hole of authoritarian dictatorships like its predecessors have. Xi has been in power since 2012 and shows no signs of reducing the communist way of ruling, so maybe the future is not looking for the Chinese people but as always the future of the powerful people in China especially the ruling class is going to be just fine. The one thing that frightens the Chinese government is an uprising powered by the very ordinary people of China the mighty 1.4 billion people that see their lives as under the control of undeserving officials and totally corrupt so-called politicians.

If the people were to revolt what could any group, any government or even any army do to prevent it, the power really is with the people with the citizens of mainland China. It would no doubt turn into a blood bath and that is probably why it has never happened, but an army cannot kill everyone a government cannot govern everyone and the ‘people’ cannot be ruled forever. My love and devotion goes to the Chinese citizens who have suffered under communism for far too long, hopefully, one day soon they will be free.

Author: Mr Cow / PR: Mini Cow

Edited by:【Himalaya London Club UK】


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