Hong Kong: The "Radicalize Or Fold" Alternative
The protest in Hong Kong, instigated by U.S. financed groups, were on the verge of ending in a fizzle.
Mass protests in Hong Kong appear to have lost steam after the leader of the Chinese territory refused to step down, instead offering dialogue.
The Hong Kong Federation of Students said in a statement early on Friday that they planned to join the talks with the government, focused specifically on political reforms. They reiterated that Leung step down, saying he "had lost his integrity".A wider pro-democracy group that had joined the demonstrations, Occupy Central, welcomed the talks and also insisted that Leung quit.
The offer for talks, the weather and the end of a two day holiday was the point where the protests largely died down. A few diehards kept blocking streets and buildings but the end was in sight.
Remarked a political editor of a U.S. magazine:
@blakehounshellWhen protesters don't get at least some of what they want, they have to radicalize or fold. Key moment in Hong Kong right now.
5:36 AM - 2 Oct 2014
It seems that other people had the same thought and some idea of how to radicalize the crowd:
Hundreds of people opposed to Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrations converged on one of the movement's main sites Friday, prompting some of the ugliest scenes of violence yet in the past week of protests.In the early afternoon on Friday, opponents of the demonstrations moved en masse against the occupation site in the neighborhood of Mong Kok, a popular shopping district across the harbor from Hong Kong. They dismantled tents and removed the protesters' supplies. Scuffles broke out, with reports of roving street battles between protesters and their opponents.
The predictable consequence of that attack, certainly not in the interest of the government, was a revival of the protests and a hardening of the protesters position:
Student leaders called off talks with the government – offered the previous night – accusing officials of allowing violence to be used against them. It dashed the hopes of a resolution to a mass movement that has seen tens of thousands of people take to the streets of the city at its height.
So who paid the thugs, the police says some attackers were members of criminal triads, who instigated the radicalization? The government which wants to end the protests, the businesspeople who lose money due to the blockades or some three letter agency of foreign provenance?
BBC News (World) retweeted
Official buildings must reopen on Monday & order must be restored, #HongKong leader says http://bbc.in/10y02Uu
Government and police colluded with triads to attack protesters, say pan-democrats. Summary of today's events so far: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1609541/government-and-police-colluded-triads-attack-protesters-say-pan …
Protests in Hong Kong entered their ninth day Saturday. Follow the latest on our live blog: http://on.wsj.com/1vGmzJ6
Hong Kong braces for more reactionary violence http://time.com/3462996/occupy-hong-kong-central-democracy-blue-ribbon-anti-protest/ … (via @979KingsRoad)
SCMP News retweeted
Our @SCMP_News page 3/4 for Saturday, Oct 4: "The far too thin blue line" / "Businesses call for halt" #OccupyCentral
Protest site in Mong Kok attacked by anti-Occupy groups last night slowly being rebuilt: http://goo.gl/jAz1FI
Protesters deliver supplies to police in Admiralty after refusing to allow officers to do so: http://goo.gl/jAz1FI
19 men arrested in Mong Kok clashes. Police confirm some have triad background: http://goo.gl/jAz1FI
Anti-Occupy protesters attack demonstrators in Mong Kok, follow our liveblog here: http://goo.gl/jAz1FI http://youtu.be/ujuWPZ7Vfw4
#HongKong latest: Police are appealing for calm amid a "chaotic situation" in the Mong Kok district: http://on.wsj.com/1x5WLX2
Hong Kong government must listen to the people: ex-governor Chris Patten http://f.sc.mp/H1qWmX1
The site of the Mongkok protest has descended into violence
Opinion: Are Hongkongers prepared for democracy? http://f.sc.mp/tw1NpBB
PICTURED: Disorder in Mong Kok as anti-protesters confront protesters http://f.sc.mp/A1vniaa
'Anonymous' hacker group brings down DAB, Occupy Central websites http://f.sc.mp/lWABXGd
Mainland Chinese youths launch Facebook campaign to support Hong Kong protesters http://f.sc.mp/G4NUr2M
LIVE: Heavy rainstorm and increasing fracas dampen spirits of holdout protesters http://f.sc.mp/Wnecebz
Pushing and shoving occurred at the barricades outside of government offices in Admiralty this… http://instagram.com/p/trhNBLipI0
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US State Department/NED funded Hong Kong protest movement "Occupy Central" http://revolution-news.com/occupy-central-us-state-dept-funding-of-hong-kong-pro-democracy-movement/ …