Hong Kong’s Student Protesters

Hong Kong’s Student Protesters

The New York Times writes this morning:

            “Yet any attempt to remove protesters by force in Hong Kong would inevitably raise parallels with the killing of democracy protesters in Beijing in 1989, an event that split the Communist Party and poisoned China’s relations with the outside world for years.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/world/asia/hong-kong-protests-present-a-challenge-to-xi-jinpings-rule.html.

As a young man, I remember watching the Tiananmen Square protests on television with my father in 1989. Students of my generation thought that the collapse of communism in Central Europe would change China too. This, of course, did not happen. The Chinese communists ran over their own people with tanks and “doubled down” on autocratic rule. Since that time, China’s leaders have worked vigorously to keep China’s citizens occupied and amused by way of shopping, eating and gaming – the twenty first century’s version of “bread and circuses.” Of course in 1989, CNN and the daily newspaper was about all there was for news coverage. Perhaps in today’s digital world, the people of Hong Kong will be able to win their demands from the Chinese Communist leadership. Their efforts remind me of Winston Churchill’s famous quote “Never, never, never give up.” Thus far, the protesters of Hong Kong appear to be heeding Mr. Churchill’s clarion call.

Dan Conaway – Attorney, television and radio legal commentator, and author of the book Arrested: Battling America’s Criminal Justice System

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