Author Topic: The Hong Kong Crisis  (Read 1005 times)

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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2019, 03:42:08 am »
What exactly are we planning to protect that is worth keeping safe?

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I think you missed the intent of my question.
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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2019, 04:22:54 am »
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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2019, 04:25:33 am »
Something about making one's bed.
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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2019, 11:14:18 am »
Mono is just some guy working in 7-11. He'll be FINE.

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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2019, 09:52:08 am »
The protesters seem to have broken into the Legislative Chamber and vandalised it. Several people are speculating the police failed to properly intervene in an effort to turn public opinion against the protesters.

I guess you could easily find a parallel:

In 2006 during the riots in Budapest (this was under a socialist government), football hooligans besieged than assaulted the state TV headquarters one night. The meagre riot police force defending it was never reinforced despite some very violent scenes. The building fell under the temporary control of the rioters, they ransacked it and left. Anecdotal evidence I also heard personally suggest that a much larger force was kept in reserve close by but was ordered not to intervene.

In the following days, a major police crackdown on the streets began, reacting quite ruthlessly to any appearance of right-wing rioters, which culminated in the chaotic day of 23rd of October, a national holiday. Fidesz (in opposition) organised a massive but in theory peaceful protest, while a fairly small number of rioters waged a battle with the police. The rioters retreated toward the big protest. I don't know if via incompetence or malice but the police did not succeed in keeping the two groups separate. The rioters joined the big crowd which did not disperse on police orders, so the riot police went in, and chaos ensued.

After that protests stopped.

So I guess maybe the HK government is aiming for a similar script?

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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2019, 10:09:29 am »
Maybe a mix of that /also recognition that their heavy handed response to the earlier protests only inflamed the issue?
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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2019, 10:32:22 am »
What a wasted opportunity to broadcast drunken football analysis.
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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2019, 10:37:10 am »
The Legislative Chamber:

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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2019, 12:49:21 pm »
Well this just got almost revolutionary. Unfortunately, I don't think Hong Kong has enough fédérés to inflict a Valmy on Beijing counter-revolutionary forces. White terror will soon commence.
If we can hit that bull's-eye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate!

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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #24 on: July 01, 2019, 01:22:24 pm »
Mono has a Canadian passport. He can always make a better choice. But I think he will just go with the flow.
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Re: The Hong Kong Crisis
« Reply #25 on: July 01, 2019, 05:19:32 pm »
Mono has a Canadian passport. He can always make a better choice. But I think he will just go with the flow.

I think he should go with the outflow from the country.
The next few days could turn ugly:
Continued protests with some violence at the forefront,
Beijing deploys some PLA on streets around admin buidlings,
says its hand was forced, didn't want to but acted to restore order,
China/PLA presence consolidated, takes direct control of HK police,
HK assembly called, cowered, legislation passed to OK crackdown,
Purge begins of bureaucracy.
And civil society monitored, closed down and all leaders and many activists/demonstrators arrested.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2019, 06:10:27 pm by mongers »
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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2019, 12:19:53 am »
I don't think mono has to worry about purges.
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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2019, 11:38:29 am »
Reports are that the Vancouver real estate market may be picking up again as people in HK hedge their bets

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Re: The Significant Event Outside Your Office Window Isn't Happening
« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2019, 11:52:24 am »
Reports are that the Vancouver real estate market may be picking up again as people in HK hedge their bets

Sensible, sounds like it's a good time to leave.

The UK should have given it back to Taiwan instead.

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Re: The Hong Kong Crisis
« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2019, 12:01:32 pm »
I think I should change the thread title to something more useful, now that events are taking a v.serious turn; any suggestion?

How about 'Hong Kong democracy crisis' ?
« Last Edit: July 04, 2019, 06:11:04 pm by mongers »
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