Hong Kong Won’t Go Quietly

Dylan Palmer | @dylanpalmer22

After thirteen straight weeks of protests and civil unrest, the situation in Hong Kong has finally turned violent. On Aug. 31st, Hong Kong Police allegedly shot twice into the air to halt the advance of demonstrators deemed to be “serious threats to their lives.” On the same night, protestors used Molotov Cocktails to burn police barricades, lending credibility to the concern of the officers. As tensions continue to increase and China refuse to budge on their crackdown of Hong Kong, a question lingers:

Who’ll blink first?      

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Hong Kong, America Stands With You

Spencer Kellogg | @Spencer_Kellogg

Flashpoint

To the residents of Hong Kong: if you can hear us, we stand with you. In the airport, and in the streets, to those millions of you who are beating that eternal drum of freedom, we stand with you. To the valiant protestors waving the American flag of liberty, we are with you. To those singing our national anthem through the dark night, we stand with you.

If there is one truth about the state of the modern American empire, it is this: We are not a singular people. From dusty plains to packed trains, and everywhere in between, we are a distinctively diverse population that rarely agrees in principle.

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Hong Kong Protests Continue Despite Countless Arrests

hong kong protests
Peyton Gouzien | @PGouzien

In response to recent protests in Hong Kong, Police have arrested several protesters. This comes after both the local government and the government in Beijing condemned the young protesters who stormed the legislature. Despite countless arrests, protests continue. Officials in the local government worry that the arrests could cause the protests to grow more violent.

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The Yellow Vests Invade May Day in Paris

Yellow Vests May Day
Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

For nearly six months now, protest movement “the yellow vests” (les gilets jaunes) has been taking to the streets in Paris, throughout France, and into other European countries. Through both peaceful and violent means, they have rallied against the unpopular regime of French president Emmanuel Macron.

The government has retaliated, killing at least 15 total civilians (12 in France, three in Belgium). They also have arrested and injured thousands. However, the protest group has gotten the French government to make a number of concessions. After peaking at a 72% approval rate, twice that of Macron, they have pressured the government to remove an infamous gas tax hike and promise an increase to the minimum wage. But the yellow vests have not stopped, finding new allies on Wednesday.

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Laura Loomer Leads Yellow Vests Against Pelosi

James Sweet III | United States

Laura Loomer, a self-described conservative activist that is permanently banned from Twitter, lead a protest against Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 14th. Fellow protesters donned the yellow vests that became an icon following the mass riots and protests that occurred in France. Will Johnson of Unite America First, a conservative organization that supports President Trump and his policies, was also present.

The protest occurred at Pelosi’s mansion lawn, where Loomer and her fellow protesters brought along illegal immigrants and set up a sanctuary for them. The protesters carried pictures of Americans who were killed by immigrants that entered the country. Loomer then attempted to enter Pelosi’s house but was stopped by locked doors.

This is not the first time that Loomer has protested against what can be labeled as leftist policy decisions. Loomer, after being banned on Twitter, chained herself to the doors of Twitter’s HQ. She also brought a poster that showed the tweet that got her banned, as well as another tweet that displayed blatant anti-Semitic rhetoric yet never got taken down.

Loomer was approached by police and was asked to show her identification, but she refused, stating, “Gavin Newsom said we don’t need ID’s.” The alleged illegal immigrants that she brought along could not provide ID. She was removed from Pelosi’s property, but no arrests were made at the scene of the protest. The live stream of the event ended with the protesters talking about donating to Loomer. She stated that she needs money or else she will not be able to provide for herself.

The presence of illegal immigrants has led to Speaker Pelosi calling to speak them, which, hopefully, will open up dialogue over the issue between conservatives and liberals.


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