From the ground in Hong Kong – the key element missing in reporting, by Eliot Mitchell.
Hong Kongers do not just fear the extradition bill that threatens to allow their trial and punishment in mainland China, where due process and the rule of law are largely non-existent.
They also fear the rollout of the ‘social credit’ system implemented on the mainland, they fear the growing inequality of public housing where mainlanders are given preferential access to affordable accommodation in the world’s most expensive city while locals pay through the nose for flats barely bigger than jail cells.
And the government, in their eyes, cannot be trusted to keep its promises when it comes to resolving these issues. It has broken too many before and to this day refuses to take the extradition bill off the table, merely placing it on hiatus.
Most importantly, Hong Kongers feel the ‘White Terror’ which has swept the city, creating an atmosphere familiar to those who lived in the Soviet Union, Pol Pot’s Cambodia or Nazi Germany.
It was palpable as we walked the streets. People would not speak of the protests in public for fear that among the crowd could be an off-duty police officer, Chinese government supporter or worst of all a member of the triads who have repeatedly attacked protestors and passengers alike with batons at train stations across the city. …
Hong Kongers are shouting to the world as their own government fails to protect them. The day after the August 31 event, where British, Canadian and American flags were held high by locals, protesters marched peacefully to the British Consulate chanting “God save the Queen!”