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  • Standing with America: 9/11 Tragedy Memorialized by … Hong Kong Protesters

    Surge Summary: Hong Kong activists halt their protests to memorialize the victims of the 9/11 attack on America. 

    The Chinese state newspaper predicted Hong Kong protestors would mark September 11 with terrorist attacks of their own. Instead? Demonstrators resorted to what could be considered a bit of irony: calling off their Wednesday agitations to honor victims of the 9/11 attack on America.

    Well, that’s one creative way to turn the tables on the Chi-Com regime.

    National Review’s Jack Crowe reports:

    For months now, multitudes of stirred up Hongkongers have dramatically occupied public spaces to voice objections to Beijing’s encroachment on their region’s sovereignty.

    The protests began in response to the introduction of an extradition bill that would have allowed the Chinese authorities to extradite Hong Kong citizens suspected of crimes to face trial on the mainland.

    Wednesday, however, they temporarily paused those efforts in a show of solidarity with the victims of 9/11.

    “In solidarity against terrorism, all forms of protest in Hong Kong will be suspended on Sept. 11, apart from potential singing and chanting,” the protesters said in a statement obtained by Reuters.

    The decision to briefly halt demonstrations was taken after the Hong Kong edition of China Daily compared the protesters to those who carried out the 9/11 attack, predicting they would employ similar tactics.

    “Anti-government fanatics are planning massive terror attacks, including blowing up gas pipes, in Hong Kong on September 11,” the paper said in a Facebook post featuring a photo of the attacks at the World Trade Center.

    Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam announced that she would withdraw the bill last week after temporarily suspending it in June in response to the public backlash. But the protests have grown in scope beyond opposition to the extradition bill; demonstrators are now demanding greater protections from police abuses and more democratic control over their government.

    It’s perplexing that some conservatives are insisting America have nothing to do with these bold proponents of freedom thronging the streets of Hong Kong. Their acknowledgement of the 9/11 outrage against America – routinely regarded as the globe’s beacon of Liberty – was not only appropriate, but quite moving.

    How can citizens of the United States and their government not speak up unequivocally, passionately and repeatedly at this moment, demanding the Chinese despots abide by the 1997 pledge to allow Hong Kong to operate under the “one nation, two systems” framework? How can they fail to let President Xi Jinping know the world is watching? The United States is watching?

    The message from “The Land of the Free” must be unified and sustained, and for all the world to hear: Hey, Red Dragon of Asia, when it comes to the “Special Administration Region of Hong Kong” honor your word. When it comes to those demonstrators waving America’s flag and memorializing those who perished September 11, 2001:  Step off.

    H/T: National Review’s Jack Crowe

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