Hong Kong (29/10). A freelance photographer for the Hong Kong Freedom Press faced Hong Kong Police justice after refusing to identify herself. Tempers flared, voices raised and the photographer identified as May James was arrested on the spot for failing to comply with an lawful order. After a night in the lock up the photographer was released on bail. So far so good.
By Tuesday the pro-protester media machinery went into overdrive. Allegations of police brutality, a staged yelling match between Amy Ip at the Hong Kong Police press briefing, a walk out by the usually stoic Superintendent John Tse and the five minutes of fame for a stringer of Australians “Four Corners” and the boycotting of police press conference by Apple Daily Hong Kong news just gives the reader a flair of the deep rifts the protests caused.
However, the coin has two sides. May James photography depicts the demonstrators as some form of hero worship. It is as so often a romanticized version of journalists on the cushion of the left. All dressed in black the black bloc is not fighting against an oppressive regime. After all Hong Kong falls under, yes we guessed it right, British laws. So what’s with the bitching?
The Black Bloc are straight out of the old Left Wing Extremist spectrum. The Chinese carbon copy of the fire bombers of the Nuclei of Fire in Greece, the G-20 Black Bloc in Hamburg, the Seattle Antifa hordes and the recent rioters seen in Jakarta and Papua. In Greece the firebombed a bank branch killing a pregnant teller inside. In Hong Kong they attempted to built within 4 months a TATP bomb. It took the Indonesian jihadis close to ten years. The notion this is all for a greater cause is not only naive but deeply flawed.
What do they have all in common? Gene Sharp and a leftist movement that is based on the environmental fanatics of the Occupy Movement, the Umbrella Revolution and the Extinction Rebellion in the United Kingdom. Records show Joshua Wong first actual protest was against the MTR integration to the mainland in 2009. Before he switched over to an easier target of his age. The educational bill. In 2018 the campaign against the MTR returned.
The Extinction Rebellion Hong Kong founder surfaces on the contributor list of the Hong Kong Freedom Press. He lectures in one of the universities in Hong Kong.
The shift to the left in universities was noted in a study by the Adam Smith Institute in the UK. Eight out of ten universities tilting to the left. This trend applies to Hong Kong.
Ideological homogeneity within the academy may have had a number of adverse consequences: systematic biases in scholarship; curtailments of free speech on university campuses; and defunding of academic research by right-wing governments. According to the online magazine Spiked, which has begun compiling an annual ranking of 115 British universities, 90% censored speech in one form or another during 2016
We are in the age of mass hysteria. Frank Furendi calls this “the politics of fear”, fear of our neighbors, fear of the world will end in twelve years and other fake news are agitating the public. Very little critical questions are asked. What are the causes of the Hong Kong riots? Who is behind them? Who funds the riots?
Camilla Turner wrote, “Social settings characterised by too little diversity of viewpoints are liable to become afflicted by group think, a dysfunctional atmosphere where key assumptions go unquestioned, dissenting opinions are neutralized, and favoured beliefs are held as sacrosanct.”
Fears of the doom of our times spoken by a Swedish student who looks like the Bund fuer Deutsche Maedels (BDM) of the Nazi regime adopting a sort of Jean d’Arc mystic forecast of her generation will die. Reality check. Yes you will. Welcome to humanity. Unless you are overrun by some crazy taxi driver on the streets of Wan Chai or burned by some Black Bloc throwing Molotov Cocktail.
In this madness Hong Kong, Chile, Jakarta, London, Beirut, a whole bunch of other crazies lay fire to cities. It will be now soon obvious to the mere mortals that we are dealing with false prophets and good old extremists. After all the Black Bloc are extremists. They are not democrats. Period.
One more point. Beating up some taxi driver, or traveller on the MTR because they speak a different dialect is pure and simply racist. Period. We must as a society resist the temptation to fall in love with violence. That’s how civil wars start. The hate for your fellow man.
The prosecution of the Jews, Hutus in Rwanda, the Yazidi in Syria and Iraq, the Chinese from the mainland are signs of the so called democratic protest movement in Hong Kong is racist, misogynistic and elitist. This is not a popular uprising. This revolution is driving BMW’s. New ones I might add.
The rest of mere mortals can not afford German machinery. We stuck in the MTR which was destroyed by Black bloc mindless idiots. The irony is actually, that is the same children will pay for costs of the damage. So yes, for the black dressed hipsters here is the message from the middle aged old farts. Your destruction of 2019 will be charged back to you by 2047. So doom on you. Unless you want to walk all the way you better all learn to fix things.
Studies show the Hong Kong riots are executed by the educated middle class. Funded by some good old elitists who are becoming irrelevant. The owner of apply daily, which is by the way a multi-billionaire of Giordano clothing sales is likely not using the MTR.
The bottom line. The Black Bloc are bullies. They intimidate businesses because they do not pay a levy to the purveyors of hate. The destruction of public assets, intimidate others, fire bomb police officers off duty, doxx families including small children and brutally attack innocent is not democratic. This is the same intimidation like the Islamic State, the KGB or the Stasi in East Germany.
What is at stake?
This is not a story about a poor photographer personal liberties are at stake. This is the story of unbiased reporting.
If this photographer would be in the US or Germany, or France matter of fact, very little attention would be given to her. A police officer ask for an identification. You do not produce as requested let’s say in the heart of Paris you will be warned once, maybe twice.
If you give the police some lip service just for good TV coverage, you will be charged and arrested. In Paris, the CRS, the riot police, will drag your sorry behind over the pavement, pepper spray you for good measure, and if you mouth off, charge you with resisting arrests. Period.
You can explain yourself to the judge after. If he gots time.
As the old saying goes, “without fear and favour” should have an addendum. “No one is above the law”, even if the got a “Press” sticker on your helmet. May James did not.
In Hong Kong the offender we look into the camera and continue to argue. Bad call. The patience the Hong Kong Police Force, and this is an unpopular view, is remarkable.
A bit of humility, less mouthing off, less entitlement does go far. Even for reporters in Hong Kong.