2019 Hong Kong Extradition Protests
The ongoing 2019 Hong Kong extradition protests are taking place in the Chinese-occupied territory of Hong Kong, which desires freedom, democracy, and independence from the communist dictatorship People's Republic of China. The Hong Kongers are fighting for self-determination. The protests began in 2019, but continued through 2020. The protesters endorsed Donald Trump in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
The Hong Kong protesters have used several memes to express their desires. For example, like the American flag, they hold up Pepe the Frog as a symbol of freedom and liberty. When President Trump tweeted a photoshopped meme of his face on the body of fictional boxer Rocky Balboa, Hong Kong protesters held up these photographs. Hong Kong protesters have used memes comparing Chinese dictator Xi Jinping to children's character Winnie the Pooh, even after the latter was banned in China. Hong Kong protesters screened an episode of the animated series South Park which was very critical of the Chinese government, and which caused the series to be banned in China.
Additionally, the reply of a Hong Kong protester to a question by the interviewer regarding how President Trump should respond to these protests has become a popular meme.
Not only have the Chinese authorities brutally suppressed the Hong Kong protests, they have censored anyone who defends the protesters. In addition to South Park, YouTuber PewDiePie has been banned.
Western leftist companies have hypocritically condemned Donald Trump while going out of their way to please the Chinese (see Liberal corporate tyranny). Like the Chinese, they have censored those who defend Hong Kong.
Additionally, Antifa and other far-left social justice warriors have smeared the Hong Kong protesters as "far-right" and "fascists." Despite most of those surveyed voting for the Hong Kong protesters, climate cultist Greta Thunberg was selected for the leftist Time Magazine's "Person of the Year."
Admiration of America
As with many freedom fighters over the years, the Hong Kong protesters hold up the United States of America as a symbol of freedom and liberty. They wave American flags and sing the American national anthem.
Admiration of President Trump
The Hong Kong protesters are Trump supporters. They have used pro-Trump memes, and some of them wear their own variation of MAGA hats. Trump has responded in kind, signing legislation defending Hong Kong, and enacting additional tariffs against China.
The Five Demands of the Hong Kong protesters are: to withdraw the Chinese bill requiring the extradition of people accused of crimes in Hong Kong to mainland China; to commission an inquiry into the brutality of Hong Kong police; to cease classifying Hong Kong protesters as "rioters;" for the protesters who have been arrested by the police to receive immediate amnesty; and dual universal suffrage.
Hong Kong protesters frequently use the slogan, "Five Demands, Not One Less."
The original extradition bill has been withdrawn, but since the rest of the Five Demands (see above) were not addressed, this amounted to nothing more than a meaningless gesture.
The valiant efforts of the protesters led to many great successes and significant international attention in 2019, and they continued their fight through 2020. The Hong Kongers are continuing to fight fiercely for their independence.
In June 2020, China passed a "National Security" law reinforcing and strengthening its stranglehold over Hong Kong (read the full English translation of the law here). Subsequently, in August, Jimmy Lai, a prominent pro-democracy journalist and activist in Hong Kong, was arrested along with several other activists, sparking protests in Canada against Chinese authoritarianism and against what appeared to the protesters to be appeasement of the Chinese Communist Party by Canadian federal (and local) politicians. Two pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmakers were arrested (along with several other people) for being critical of the Beijing and Hong Kong governments.
A Chinese official warned Norway not to award the Hong Kong protesters the Nobel Peace Prize, speaking of their nomination in February. Norway and the Nobel Committee did not directly respond to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's threats, but the Hong Kong protesters were not selected to receive the Nobel. Yi's trip to Europe in late August was met with protests over human rights abuses, especially in Hong Kong.