The national security law is another “tool in the box” for Beijing to crush dissent and protests in Hong Kong, says Hong Kong-based writer @antd . He tells @cnbcSri and @MartinSoong about what to expect from Hong Kong as the summer unfolds.
I don't know if these protests are going to result in enduring reform to policing in the US -- I don't think anyone knows -- but what they have permanently achieved is the recognition that the US is a paramilitarized police state that exists to crush meaningful protest & dissent:
@paulkrugman writes, "America’s reactionaries don’t want law and order; they want an excuse to crush social justice protests with a mailed fist"
It's been a year since Hong Kong's latest mass protests for democracy began, but rather than accept the people's quest for freedoms and the rule of law, the authorities, at Beijing's behest, are now trying to crush the essence of Hong Kong.
From “beacon on the hill” to mobilizing the troops to crush protests—what happens now to America’s moral authority? From FP's @KFJ_FP :
After Donald Trump threatens to send in the army to crush protests, the head of the US military reminds those in uniform that their oath is not to protect Trump but the Constitution. It speaks volumes that he issued such a statement
Trump threatens to deploy US military to crush George Floyd protests
"Within hours of the protests starting, the authorities resorted to the use of firearms to crush down these voices." @RahaBahreini , a researcher at Amnesty International, discusses the video evidence of atrocities in Iran.
Already 300 people detained in Moscow today and that total will certainly rise... The authorities probably have enough in them to crush these protests and proceed with elections, but how this standoff plays out over next 5 years will be fascinating. And possibly quite grim.
This video shows the Sudanese government trying to crush mass protests with: 1. Live ammunition against peaceful protesters. 2. Brutal beatings. 3. Running people over with cars. 4. Teargassing a hospital. 5. Large-scale arbitrary arrests.