LAM IN LIMBO AS TENSIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG PROTESTERS, BEIJING INTENSIFY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

LAM IN LIMBO AS TENSIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG PROTESTERS, BEIJING INTENSIFY

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
On Sunday, more than 2 million Hong Kongers, more than one-quarter of the city-state's population, took to the streets in what were the biggest marches in Hong Kong since the dawn of Chinese rule. Even after City Executive Carrie Lam 'indefinitely' dropped the hated extradition bill that had catalyzed the protest movement on Saturday, a march planned for Sunday went ahead anyway. It was the biggest march yet, a sign that a popular mandate to oust Lam and secure the release of all of those arrested during the marches - the movement's two biggest remaining demands - was strong.

Calm returned to the city on Monday, though small bands of students continued to protest, while workers engaged in scattered strikes.

Hong Kong markets rewarded the city executive for withdrawing the extradition bill, with the Hang Seng index outperforming broader Asian benchmarks. Homebuilder shares, which sold off sharply during Wednesday's violent protests, led the rebound.

Lam issued an apology yesterday that many deemed to be too little, too late. Now, marchers are demanding she resign for not withdrawing the extradition bill sooner.

These standards might seem harsh, but leading Hong Kong has become an increasingly difficult job since Beijing started tightening its grip, according to Bloomberg.

"It’s an impossible job," said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, author of "China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?" who teaches at Hong Kong Baptist University. "You’re sandwiched between Beijing, which keeps giving orders, wants the Hong Kong government to toe the line on everything. Then you have the demands and expectations of Hong Kong society on the other hand."

Adding an extra twist to the demonstrations against Lam, infamous Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong was released on Monday after serving a month in prison over charges stemming from the 2014 Umbrella Movement, the pro-democracy marches which rocked the city back in 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A note to the leadership of these protests; now that the extradition bill has been rescinded, please be very careful about the timing of the next demonstrations, and what issues you feel are critical to your movement.

The Chinese military is huge, and surveillance is everywhere. And if Chinese President Xi Jingping wants this movement crushed, he will do so, no matter how badly the optics may look, if he feels you are a threat to his political power.

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Did anyone think this is probably being.....

Ethan Allen and...

orchestrated and funded by the US? Just a thought.

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