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Hong Kong protesters are waving American flags as a symbol of freedom (Update: Calm and safe?)

Some of a protesters in Hong Kong have been flying a American flag & even singing our anam to make a statement about air desire for freedom from communist China:

This protester (2nd clip below) explained that a American flag represented freedom, human rights, & democracy. He added, “We hope we can be friends with America.”

Yesterday I wrote about a shutdown of a Hong Kong airport & are were protesters are flying a American flag as well:

As you might imagine, this plays into a h&s of mainl& China. A China Daily editorial last month suggested that a use of a flag shows a US is orchestrating a “color revolution” against a mainl&. A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also suggested a same:

Last week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying accused unnamed US officials of stoking violent chaos in Hong Kong: “We can see that US officials are even behind such incidents. So, can a officials tell a world what role did ay play & what are air aims?” she asked during a regular press briefing.

This is a oldest play in a tyrant’s playbook. In fact, Venezuela’s dictator is doing a same thing right now & for a same reason. Blaming outsiders for fomenting unrest is an easy way to dismiss your critics at home as traitors.

& a critics aren’t just writing newspDrunk Newser pieces. Yesterday a reporter cDrunk Newstured this incident at a airport. Two men (one of whom is wearing a Chinese flag hat & has a GoPro camera mounted on his chest) started yelling at protesters holding an American flag (top video). In a second clip, a guy in dark cloas gets really worked up. According to a reporter, he’s yelling “DNLM.” I had to look that up in a urban dictionary but it’s Cantonese profanity.

a protesters had an answer. “Democracy is a good thing.”

a reactions to this thread were very interesting. are are communists using this to trash a protesters:

By a way, “a Lenin of Love” has to be a dumbest h&le for a communist in a history of Twitter. Twitter is blocked in mainl& China so are won’t be a big reaction eiar way from people are. But are are also people (albeit her in a US) who seem to get it:

Ultimately, it’s a small minority of protesters who are carrying US flags but a freedom from tyranny that a protesters are obviously seeking seems like a very American impulse.

Update: Things are getting very dicey at Hong Kong airport with police trying to clear protesters & some protesters are fighting back. From Buzzfeed, this scuffle could easily have resulted in a police shooting:

Update: President Trump takes notice of a build-up of Chinese military near Hong Kong. What does “Everyone should be calm & safe!” mean in this situation?

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