Hong Kong protesters held American flag, sang US national anthem

Hong Kong protesters held American flag, sang US national anthem


YOU WILL BE WITH US LATER ON AS WELL. THANK YOU, SUSAN.>>>HERE’S SOMETHING THAT CAUGHT MY EYE IN OUR HONG KONG COVERAGE YESTERDAY. PROTESTERS WAVING AMERICAN FLAGS. AS YOU HEARD, AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW, THOSE PROTESTERS, SOME OF THEM, THEY WERE SINGING AMERICA’S NATIONAL ANTHEM. JOINING US IS MARION SMITH WITH THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION. THE WAVING OF FLAGS, THE SINGING OF OUR ANTHEM, WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?>>WELL, I THINK THE HONG KONG PROTESTERS ARE DRAWING A DISTINCTION THAT IS REALLY AT THE CORE OF THIS CRISIS. THAT IS, THERE ARE TWO SYSTEMS HERE THAT ARE CONTRADICTORY. ONE IS THE TOTALITARIAN SYSTEM, THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA, WHERE MORE THAN A BILLION PEOPLE ARE UNDER THE THUMB OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY, AND WHERE THERE IS NO FREEDOM, AND WHERE IF YOU WERE TO WAVE AN AMERICAN FLAG AND SING OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM, YOU WOULD BE DETAINED OR WORSE. ON THE OTHER HAND, IT’S THE UNITED STATES AND OUR FLAG AND THE FREEDOM IT REPRESENTS AND HONG KONG PEOPLE HAVE ENJOYED THAT FREEDOM FOR GENERATIONS AND HAVE NEVER BEEN RULED BY THE COMMUNIST PARTY, AND THEY ARE SAYING THEY DON’T WANT TO BE RULED BY THE COMMUNIST PARTY NOW. THAT’S THE ESSENCE OF THE CRISIS HERE. STUART: WHAT THEY WANT, WHAT THE DEMONSTRATORS WANT, IS THE RESIGNATION OF CARRIE LAM, HONG KONG’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE, AND HER REPLACEMENT TO BE FREELY ELECTED, WITH CANDIDATES NOT CHOSEN BY BEIJING. THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT. THAT’S WHY THEY ARE FLYING THE AMERICAN FLAG. I MEAN, WHAT ARE THE ODDS THEY ACTUALLY GET THAT?>>WELL, THEY HAVE A LIST OF FIVE OR SIX DEMANDS. ONE IS THE RESIGNATION OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CARRIE LAM. THE OTHER IS THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE EXTRADITION BILL WHICH REALLY WAS THE CATALYST FOR THIS PROTEST MOVEMENT THIS YEAR, IN WHICH SOME 20% OF THE POPULATION OF HONG KONG HAS TAKEN TO THE STREETS. THAT IS NO INSIGNIFICANT FRINGE GROUP THAT IS PROTESTING. THAT REALLY DOES REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT PORTION, IF NOT THE MAJORITY OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE. SUPPORT FOR THE PROTESTERS IS EVEN HIGHER THAN 20%, OF COURSE. BUT THEY ARE ALSO CALLING FOR THE RELEASE OF THE POLITICAL PRISONERS AS THEY ARE CALLING THEM NOW, WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AS PART OF THIS PROTEST MOVEMENT, WHICH OVERWHELMINGLY HAS BEEN PEACEFUL ON THE PROTESTERS’ PART BUT WE HAVE SEEN BEATINGS BY THE POLICE, WE HAVE SEEN THE BLINDING OF AT LEAST ONE PERSON DUE TO SHORT-RANGE SHOOTING OF RUBBER BULLETS AND BEAN BAGS — STUART: SORRY, I’VE GOT TO GO. I’M REALLY SHORT ON TIME.

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