The HK Protests: A Repeat of Tiananmen Square?

Hong Kong has slowly boiled down. After weeks of protests and mobs, the city has finally settled down to its previously peaceful state. However, on the internet, the protests continue.

These protests are unique because they are conducted entirely on the internet. Since the invention of protests (which probably took place directly after the invention of groundings), people have, for the most part, conducted their protests in a violent manner. The Boston Tea Party. Gandhi’s Salt March. The Boston Massacre. The Storming of the Bastille. And finally, Tiananmen Square.

In China, the Tiananmen square incident never happened. The Wikipedia sites have been blocked, as have many other websites that talk about it (this probably will be, too). To date, there currently exists exactly one memorial to that terrible day, and it’s located in Hong Kong. Needless to say, the story has all but been erased from China.

Regardless, we know the truth about Tiananmen Square. Long story short, several thousand students met at the square to protest government policies. The Chinese government, wrongly believing the protests to be harmful, sent over thirty divisions from the country’s army. These divisions, comprised of over 250,000 soldiers and tanks, went to the Square and eventually killed several thousand innocent civilians and protestors.

Thankfully, the responses to the HK Protests have been far less dramatic. There have been few injuries or deaths resulting from the protests, so the loss of life has not been an issue. Instead, the Chinese government has been attacking the protests over the internet.

Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have all removed Chinese government users from their domains, citing fraudulent accounts as the reason for removal. Twitter, the largest platform for the protests, has removed several hundred government users, all actively working at sabotaging the protests. Some go directly against the protesters, while others take a more subtle approach. These are the most deadly, for they pose as protestors, while actually saying violent and harmful things about the Chinese government. These users are the most dangerous to the protest, for to the common citizen, they are impossible to distinguish. Many normal people have seen these fake users and have assumed they are real protestors, saying terrible things about the Chinese government.

This just fuels the flame that will eventually grow into full-on Chinese oppression of Hong Kong. The Chinese government can cite these fake protestors as real and harmful, using them as a reason for the violent removal of real protestors. Americans, this goes against everything we stand for. We must unite and draw awareness to this growing movement, and, as stated before, pray for the HK protestors, that they would have wisdom in their movement. If these protests reach the level that I predict, it may end up as a repeat of the Tiananmen Square incident.

Guys, this is real life. We cannot avoid this. We cannot shun this. But, as Christians, we can pray for the people of Hong Kong. I beseech you, pray and love, no matter the consequence.

The Hong Kong protests: Justifiable or Condemnable?


Hong Kong has become embroiled in protests. Thousands gathered in central Honk Kong to protest the recently passed Chinese law, allowing China to extradite Honk Kong criminals.

What does this mean? To the average person, this just seems like something small. But, to Christians, this is massive. China is tightening its control over Hong Kong, and that grip is going to slowly continue to squeeze. The last time a protest of this level happened, thousands died (see the Tiananmen square article, found here). If China follows through with its motion and removes criminals from Hong Kong, then this will create an opening to remove not just convicted murderers and thieves, but also “criminals” such as Christians, protesting China’s communist control.

Hong Kong has always been a place of freedom. According to my parents, who’ve been to Hong Kong, even the atmosphere of Hong Kong is different and less oppressive. Hong Kong’s government has allowed freedom of speech and religion, directly contrary to China’s oppressive removal of Christians. Hong Kong is a pinpoint of freedom and love, surrounded by a country that is actively banishing Christians.

So, why protest? The people in Hong Kong have always celebrated their freedoms, especially the previously mentioned freedom of speech and religion. With China encroaching on these freedoms, the people of Hong Kong have gathered in peaceful protests. They wish to show China that they will keep their freedoms, no matter what. These protests seem to be justifiable, as the protestors have not resorted to violent actions, and appear to have good intentions.

What can we do? Well, that’s easy: pray. As Christians, we are called to pray for the people protesting China’s control. Because the protests are peaceful, and not violent, we are called to pray for the people of Hong Kong, that they will exercise wisdom in their protests.

That’s all for today! However, I will come back to this topic, as it continues to fascinate me. Look for a new post about Tiananmen square and its comparison to the Hong Kong protests!

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