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Massive protests rock Hong Kong as citizens reject 'fake democracy' controlled by communist China

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(NaturalNews) Hong Kong is currently being rocked by massive protests for democracy and freedom, where police have responded with unjustified violence. Twitter hash tags #HongKong and #OccupyCentral are currently being used for the event, and a live video feed of the protest is available at this anonymous news site.

According to AFP, which has covered the story, police began aggressively firing tear gas into crowds of protesting students, even though the crowds were entirely peaceful. As AFP reports:

This is unbelievable. This is a peaceful protest and the police are the ones using violence," said demonstrator Jade Wong. "The level of police violence here is just like mainland China, it was never like this before.

The communist Chinese regime quickly confirmed that it would use force to suppress what it deems to be "illegal" protests:

Beijing "firmly opposes all illegal activities that could undermine rule of law and jeopardise 'social tranquility' and it offers its strong backing" to the Hong Kong government, a spokesman for China's Hong Kong and Macau affairs office was quoted by the Xinhua news agency as saying.

Note that both Communist China and the United States Government now use escalated, militarized force to suppress protestors and squash free speech. In fact, the government's reaction to these protests in China has so far been less aggressive than police actions used in America at recent protests such as Ferguson, Missouri. America's federal "free speech zones" smack of the kind of communist iron fist crackdown we might normally expect to see in places like China.

Occupy Central joins the protest

In response to the government violence perpetrated against peaceful protesters, the pro-democracy group Occupy Central has accelerated the launch of its civil disobedience campaign which was originally scheduled to begin on October 1, AFP reports:

The group had sparked months of heated debate in the city of seven million over its plan to bring Hong Kong's financial district to a standstill with a mass sit-in. On Sunday they appeared to have come close to reaching that goal.

Hong Kong's leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, told a press conference his administration was "resolute in opposing the unlawful occupation actions by Occupy Central".

"Unfortunately, it appears as if the Communist Party is completely unwilling to compromise on the question of politics," reports The Nation. [3] "Beijing's vision for Hong Kong is to follow in the path of other hyper-capitalist authoritarian states such as Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Since many of the problems in Hong Kong -- gaping inequality, crony capitalism, astronomical housing prices and an exclusionary political system -- are also rampant just across the border in mainland China, it is not difficult to guess the source of Beijing's deep anxiety."

China breaks its promises, suppresses freedom of speech

Hong Kong was promised semi-autonomy as part of its transition to Communist China control in 1999, but the Chinese regime has broken its promises and now treats Hong Kong citizens as "subjects" with no special rights, just as citizens in mainland China are treated by the communist government there.

As The Nation is now reporting: [3]

...at the end of this August, the National People's Congress did just what many democracy activists in Hong Kong have feared, ruling that there would be no civic nomination for chief executive elections in 2017. Rather, all candidates must first be approved by a nomination committee of political and economic elites, most of which are directly selected by Beijing.

AFP also adds:

Last month Beijing said that it would allow elections for Hong Kong's leader in 2017, but would insist on vetting the candidates -- something demonstrators have decried as "fake democracy".

(I wonder what will happen when the American people one day realize they are also living under a fake democracy, too?)

All these protesters will, of course, be labeled "anti-government" by the communist regime, as I have recently explained in an important article refuting the "anti-government" slur as it is used even in the United States against those who are critical of government abuses of human freedom.

Here are some images from the live stream of the protest:

Sources for this article include:
[1] http://news.yahoo.com/school-students-join-h...

[2] http://news.yahoo.com/hong-kong-financial-fi...

[3] http://www.thenation.com/article/181591/why-...

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