OPINIONS Observer: Why have radicals returned to violence in HK at a time for dialogue?

OPINIONS

Observer: Why have radicals returned to violence in HK at a time for dialogue?

By Yang Yang | People's Daily app

21:43, August 26, 2019

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Hong Kong saw an escalation of tensions this past weekend. Radical protesters returned to the use of violence and police responded. 

During a time when the HKSAR government called for dialogue, such violence pushes Hong Kong to the verge of a very dangerous situation. The unspeakable political purposes of these rioters and the “black hands” behind them are blatant. 

In Kwai Chung and Tsuen Wan on Sunday, a group of violent protesters deviated from their original routes, obstructed roads, vandalized shops and tunnel facilities, and hurled petrol bombs, bricks and miscellaneous objects at police officers, who responded with tear gas, water cannons and a warning shot for fear of lives. 

The pattern now seems familiar. Protesters used violence as a tactic to entice police to respond with force in order to put out a false narrative of what looks like suppression against them.

Without a doubt, some Western media continued to assist such accusations by labeling these rioters as “pro-democracy” while exaggerating the police’s use of what they saw as “live-round gunfire.” 

The timing of such appalling violent acts is also suspicious. Just as Chief Executive Carrie Lam called for dialogue to solve problems, radical protesters continued to carry out violence in the streets, regardless of the wishes of the majority of people in Hong Kong for peace and order. 

For anyone who looks at the whole picture, the role of foreign interference is evident.

An investigation by Ta Kung Pao, a major Hong-Kong based Chinese newspaper, reveals that Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, one major organizers of the anti-extradition bill protests, has received significant funding from the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) since 1995, amounting to over $1.9 million.

According to Wen Wei Po, another Hong Kong-based Chinese newspaper, through its subsidiaries, NED has provided $3.95 million to opposition organizations in Hong Kong from 1995 to the beginning of 2015. 

Data released by NED revealed that in 2018 China topped the list of all the countries NED allocated funds to, amounting to $6.5 million. 

Yet these figures are just the tip of the iceberg, as more NED spending remains undisclosed due to its “sensitivity."

Although presenting itself as an independent and private NGO, the NED's website says it "receives an annual appropriation from the US Congress through the Department of State, to help the US government.” 

Founded in 1983, when the spotlight on the CIA was intense, the NED functions to take over the CIA's political regime-change programs.

As the former editor-in-chief of German economic magazine Wirtschaftswoche Stefan Baron pointed out in his latest commentary, “The US is wrongly interfering in the protests in Hong Kong,” and if such riots had taken place in the United States the rioters would have faced a crackdown long ago. 

The article, published on the website of Handelsblatt, a leading German-language business newspaper, also stated that the United States is now urging Hong Kong and Beijing for restraint, while at the same time fostering the confrontation with advice, action and money.

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