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Agnes Chow, being only 23, is risking her freedom and liberty to fight for democracy and freedom of everyone in HK. She's worth a prize. May she stay strong.

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Democracies support each other. But we need to do more

Boycott China, it's not worthy, will never be a democracy, and is a threat to everyone

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What the Chinese government thinks as ‘legal’ is violence towards its own people.

Restrictions on speech, movement, thought and protest make Chinese society totalitarian.

1984 is present in 2020...

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Agnes b. in hot water

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The population is now calling her the real Mulan.

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Keep safe Agnes, we need more voices like yours.

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I wonder what is their opinion on Robert Kajiwara, the leader of the Ryukyu Independence Movement? Considering all the death threats he's been receiving, i'm guessing not that good.

Also, Agnes Chow is not a "pro-democracy activist", but a pro-separatist activist. She and the rest of the separatist traitors want to illegally separate Hong Kong without the consent of the rest of the population. They have been meeting with US neocons and actively engaged in a collusion with foreign powers to undermine not just the Chinese government, but advance separatism within Hong Kong.

Also, on the last Hong Kong legislative elections, the pro-Beijing parties got more than twice the vote the pro-democracy parties have. (https://imgur.com/a/fY0NNG9).

Like i've said before, no serious country is ever going to allow a separatist movement that openly conspires and colludes with foreign rivals to advocate separatism within their own country. That's treason, and if these people did in America or any European country 1/100th of what they are allowed to do in China, they'd be in Guantanamo bay right now.

Anti-Chinese double standards driven by a ruthless anti-Chinese disinformation campaign by the United States.

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People across Japan on Tuesday showed their support for Agnes Chow

Really? Haven't heard about this. What people "across" Japan? Anyway, Keep up the fight Agnes.

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The hashtag #FreeAgnes was trending on Japanese Twitter in an outpouring of support for the 23-year-old, who frequently tweets in Japanese and has appeared on TV programs here.

Well, that’s her fate sealed then.

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Build that wall (around China) and make 'em pay for it!

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I love coffee....... bang.....You hit the nail squarely on the head.

I wonder where the funding comes from to support the “pro democracy crowd”?

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In 1997 China agreed to ensure that Hong Kong would retain its own legal system, legislative system, and same human rights and freedoms, as a China special administrative region for 50 years.

It seems China did not keep this promise.

I understand some here prefer the Chinese system which strongly censors information.

However it is not a system I would prefer to live under.

It will be interesting to see if they release Ms. Chow as well. However I fear her life is all but over.

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ilovecoffee: Also, Agnes Chow is not a "pro-democracy activist", but a pro-separatist activist.

Separation from Socialism is a good thing.

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Ms Chow for the Nobel Peace prize this year. That would be great to run the noses of the disgusting china in it.

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If Japan is so worried about Agnes, just give her the citizenship.

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Disgusting Hong Kong and their Communist puppet "government". The youth of HK are crying out for freedom and democracy, and they are being crushed by the Nazi-like HK police. Great to see the Abe Cabinet standing up for Agnes and democracy.

Hong Kong is now a police state. It is time for democratic nations to put sanctions on them for their human rights abuses.

Boycott Hong Kong! Boycott Communist China!

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if these people did in America or any European country 1/100th of what they are allowed to do in China, they'd be in Guantanamo bay right now

As a European, I'm intrigued by your claim, which really exposes the dangers of indoctrinating children to salute a flag on a daily basis and believe the world revolves around your country.

Behind the Great Firewall of China, you probably don't realise that hundreds of thousands of Uighurs - those fellow citizens shown smiling on your banknotes - are incarcerated for 'reeducation,' or that your comrades are commonly disappeared for exercising their 'right' to petition the government. You've probably never even heard of 六四事件 - the massacre of hundreds of protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

It's not your fault, and there's a big, beautiful world out there. Your friends in Hong Kong know that world, and so might you. Some day.

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IloveCoffeeToday 07:34 am JST

Also, on the last Hong Kong legislative elections, the pro-Beijing parties got more than twice the vote the pro-democracy parties have. (https://imgur.com/a/fY0NNG9).

What are you even talking about? Do you know how legco is elected?!

The relevant elections are the locals during which everybody is directly elected.

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I'm surprised there are comments here praising the Chinese govt.

How can you praise a govt. that seems to arrest and disappear anyone who deviates against their dogma.

It is time to boycott China as much as possible.

Their behaviour is not acceptable

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You have to admire her and these other Hong Kongers who have decided to stick it out and fight when they could have left by now.

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China is testing the waters for pushback. So, pushback people. Whether it will do any good though is anyone’s guess. May even make them give up the ruse of trying to be part of the global community entirely. True colors are out on show now for all to see. Smash dessert. Sacrifice Hong Kong. Silence, buy, defame or ignore critics, dictate to the world how things are gunna be from here on in. Because, well, it’s China’s turn now isn’t it?

Free world, are you out there? The CCP is hoping and betting on chaos and cynicism rendering us impotent. Are we? I think not. Those with the strongest foundations always prevail.

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If Japan is so worried about Agnes, just give her the citizenship.

Japan will never do that! Japanese Government will praise these pro democracy activists verbally but the matter of fact is that they think people like these who promote protests and speak out in public are trouble makers! They don’t want outspoken activists especially foreigners to come to Japan and cause trouble.

I do feel sorry for Agnes Chow but her arrested was expected under the new legislation. Every person with some level of intelligence would have predicted this. I used to love traveling to HK on business but with the recent violent protests by the so called pro democracy activists and the power gaining by China with its harsh legislations, the beautiful region called Hong Kong is destroyed beyond recovery!

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@IloveCoffee... you’ve highlighted the truth but got downvoted so many times. The truth is a bitter pill to swallow. Yes, these activists were holding meetings with Americans to make HK unstable and China didn’t appreciate that. In Russia or North Korea they would already be dead. Even in Japan or any other developed country meeting in secrecies with foreign operatives is a crime! Peoples hate for China has put a blindfold on their eyes so they can’t judge accordingly.

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Sadly, she will likely have an accident while in custody. We have likely seen the last of her. I hope not but I believe it to be so.

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We pray she is treated in a civilized and just manner.

-- descended from Kyushu & Honshu

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JimToday  08:20 am JST

If Japan is so worried about Agnes, just give her the citizenship.

Japan will never do that! Japanese Government will praise these pro democracy activists verbally but the matter of fact is that they think people like these who promote protests and speak out in public are trouble makers! 

There is no basis to make such a definitive statement. Japan has invited that Dalai Lama over 23 times. Former Taiwan leaders countless times. People whom the CCP try to suppress and prevent from visiting other countries have historically had no difficulty with support from Japan. Uighur leaders have been welcomed in Japan, and the Abe administration as recently as last year has brought up the Uighur issue directly to China.

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Bugle Boy of Company BToday  08:32 am JST

Sadly, she will likely have an accident while in custody. We have likely seen the last of her. I hope not but I believe it to be so.

She has just been released. Happy to hear this,

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Like i've said before, no serious country is ever going to allow a separatist movement 

Like I've said before, that's just the trouble: authoritarian governments that do not respect the will and wish of people to live in freedom have caused so much death and destruction in the past. In Europe alone, the historical record of the 20th century is littered with the corpses of millions of victims as a result of the top-down state oppression of minority ethnic groups. "The State" is only a temporary construct, not a sacrosanct entity: we need not look any further than all the multifarious formations of the Chinese state in its thousands of years of history.

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China broke the contract with UK about Hong Kong and when UK tries to object it it is "outside interference"

Strange communist logic. Good Luck Agnes !!!

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"Like i've said before, no serious country is ever going to allow a separatist movement that openly conspires and colludes with foreign rivals to advocate separatism"

You are missing the point. The extreme authoritarianism is harmful to the human race as a whole. I have to wonder if you had ulterior motives for writing that or just put it up for some reason. (and not only me).

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Good, I hope the Japanese government shows spine and stands by the HK protestors.

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People across Japan on Tuesday showed their support for Agnes Chow

Really? Haven't heard about this. What people "across" Japan? Anyway, Keep up the fight Agnes.

@since1981. I think as long as you have a few Tweets of support from a variety of places or people you can say "Across Japan" No?

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@ilovecoffee

Also, on the last Hong Kong legislative elections, the pro-Beijing parties got more than twice the vote the pro-democracy parties have.

The last legislative elections were in 2016. The turnout was 58%.

The electorate is divided between (what are called) pro-Beijing parties, pan-Democrats, and Localists. Pro-Beijing parties received 40.7% of the vote, pan-Democrats received 36.2%, and Localists received 19%.

40.7% is clearly not "more than twice" 36.2%? And the pan-Democrat + Localist share of the vote was 55.2%.

Support for pro-Beijing parties appears to have dwindled significantly since then, but we're not going to find out for certain how that translates into votes, because this year's legislative elections have been hoofed out of the way, suspended for (supposedly) a year.

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The Japanese govt in wanting to keep good trade relations always avoid criticizing China.Saying things like "grave concern" or "deeply regrettable" are their trademark comments. What use are those words? You don't care as this pandemic has shown.

And clearly there are posters making suspect comments in "support" of China,either to shiz-stir or want attention because they're bored.

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I think most Japanese are confusing her with singer Agnes Chan.

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Good, I hope the Japanese government shows spine and stands by the HK protestors

Would Japanese Government allow these kinds of violent protesters on the streets in Japan? It’s easy to verbally support these activists but at the end of the day no other country would want them on their streets!

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I think most Japanese are confusing her with singer Agnes Chan.

LOL, people in the west cant even place Hong Kong on a map.

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I wonder what the EU will do? Nothing, they are too busy selling cars to China. If you want to see someone without a spine just look for someone from the west.

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NCIS RerunsToday  09:43 am JST

I think most Japanese are confusing her with singer Agnes Chan.

Most Japanese don't know her as Agnes anything. She's refered to by her name 周庭.

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China Bit more than it can Chew! Grave mistake.

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Well even know I’m not a fan of Twitter, I’m glad the Japanese are showing their support for Angus Chow. And may she persevere in this fight, along with all the others are fighting for freedom in Hong Kong.

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The best thing we can do as private citizens of our respective countries is to diligently boycott Chinese goods and services including their social media and cell phone systems. You may have to pay a little bit more to buy the product you want from another country but when you shop carefully you discover that there is almost nothing you will ever need that is made exclusively in China. Tell merchants so they know that you are not buying anything made in China. Tell them if they wish to keep you as a customer they must offer non-Chinese products for sale. Then follow through and buy the non-Chinese product. Out governments will spend months, years, wringing their hands and debating while big corporations lean on our governments not to harm their operations there. We, all of us together, can force their hand. If enough people simply refuse to buy anything from China and make it clear to both business and political leaders what they are doing, then there won't be much they can do about it. Remember Jimmy Lai and Agnes Chow and never, ever, buy anything from China ever again. Together we can do more harm to China than any of our governments are willing to do, and our governments cannot stop us either.

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Today, I am ashamed to call myself a HongKonger ....

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There is a Chinese idioms - Don't look people from their faces. It seems Agnes is a young girl with a simple face. Our court only judge for what she has/hasn't done.

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I wonder what is their opinion on Robert Kajiwara, the leader of the Ryukyu Independence Movement? 

He openly loves promoting CCP propaganda about human rights (lol), dismisses all concerns about Hong Kong and Taiwan (US propaganda apparently) and doesn't care about Uyghurs at all (ironic)...

So yeah he seems like a lovely person

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The CCP has broken its word to the UK and to the people of Hong Kong. They are a totalitarian dictatorship. The fact that they’ve taken the prison that is their country and added gold paint on the bars does not mean that it’s not essentially a prison.

We who are fortunate enough to live in a democracy should absolutely vote with our wallets. And my advice to anyone living in HK with the means would be to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. Taiwan, Canada, ANYWHERE. GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN.

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Hi Graham DeShazo. We are living very happily in Hong Kong nowadays. Nobody are leaving. If they leave, then leave.

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I wonder where the funding comes from to support the “pro democracy crowd”?

Hint: Mr P officially announced America has entered a Cold War with China last week.

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at the end of the day no other country would want them on their streets!

The only reason they are on the streets is because China is over reaching their control over HK. HK people grew up free and they are not giving away that freedom for some party in China who doesn't even live in HK.

What if you were HKer? You won't even be allowed to say what you are saying here.

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Separation from Socialism is a good thing.

Good thing China isn't socialist, then.

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@NCIS Reruns

Nonsense! So condescending! My husband and I are big supporters of Agnes Chow! Every Japanese person knows not a word of support for Hong Kong democracy would come out of the mouth of that self serving Agnes Chan!

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I'm sorry but I just don't know whether to just laugh or ROFL : "Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reiterated the Japanese government's "grave concern" over the situation in Hong Kong and stressed the importance of the former British colony developing "democratically and in a stable manner" under the "one country, two systems" policy Where have you been under a rock? Certainly not updated, not only was the one country, two systems policy developed it was agreed, signed and documented by both the UK and China. China has reneged on that policy simply saying well the person who did this is no longer here, so it absolves itself from any "legal" or binding policy, much like the man made research purposes only islets, which are not militarized bases. Oh there's scientific research ongoing allright its called by 2020 terms "spying and stealing" Anyway back to Ms Chow, she needs to be set free and is an outcry. China only proves its intent at showing the world that no one can stop it. I read the posts about boycotting, ok that's one way but hold it against the leaders who signed the agreements to have Japan companies buy Chinese goods. Blame the companies who sent their factories to China only to come back with their tails between their legs as they lost the facilities much like in SK. Those are the risks in selling out one's country.

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but hold it against the leaders who signed the agreements to have Japan companies buy Chinese goods. Blame the companies who sent their factories to China only to come back with their tails between their legs as they lost the facilities much like in SK. Those are the risks in selling out one's country.

And boycott those politicians who praise Xi and have daughters exploiting workers, sorry, running business concerns in China.

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Japanese public is behind her because shes “kawaii” and speaks japanese. They couldnt name (or care) about any other HK activist.

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Yeah. People tend to support other countries' democratic movements as long as they happen in distant lands and that democracies don't hurt their own sentiments once fully bloomed :)

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CCP sucks. Unfortunately it may take a war to unseat them.

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Ping AnToday  11:45 am JST

There is a Chinese idioms - Don't look people from their faces. It seems Agnes is a young girl with a simple face. Our court only judge for what she has/hasn't done.

You can change a name from Mulan to Akie to Ping An, but there is only one Mulan today.

"Agnes Chow: Hong Kong activist hailed as the 'real Mulan"

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53746867

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@Jim

Would Japanese Government allow these kinds of violent protesters on the streets in Japan? It’s easy to verbally support these activists but at the end of the day no other country would want them on their streets!

In any other country they wouldn't need to take to the streets! They would be allowed to protest in peace, without fear of tear gas or rubber bullets.

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CCP sucks. Unfortunately it may take a war to unseat them.

ugh! hope they stop before if becomes another Hiroshima/Nagasaki.

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@Orac...LOL, people in the west cant even place Hong Kong on a map

Speak for yourself!

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If I was a betting man I would say this is a lost cause. The best case scenario is that she leaves HK for political asylum (not Japan which only grants asylum to less than 1% of applicants). Maybe Canada?

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There are a few ways the CCP can be stopped, most of them messy.

She might opt for a DeGaulle style approach...

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Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang -- the current "dictatorship of the 10,000" insists they are all part of China and (except for Taiwan for at east the next twenty years or more) will not be truly "autonomous" or independent ever. To understand what is going on now, remember that what is happening in Hong Kong and Taiwan has been happening since dynastic times. Xi is the Second Emperor of the Mao Dynasty, a dynasty that will last until China's economy crumbles and the CCP loses the Mandate of Heaven. The current dynasty's 10,000 rulers expect that the Mandate of Heaven will last at least until the next century. China has almost nothing to do with socialism or communism any longer.

Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are terrified that they will lose control and be ousted, like other authoritarian systems, which have typically failed around the 70 year mark. They deeply fear pro-democracy activities in HK will seep into the mainland leading to the beginning of the end for their rule, hence the crackdown.

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OssanAmerica:

"NCIS RerunsToday  09:43 am JST

I think most Japanese are confusing her with singer Agnes Chan."

Most Japanese don't know her as Agnes anything. She's refered to by her name 周庭.

She is well known in Japan as "アグネス・チョウ(周庭)", both in Katakana and Kanji like here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a29-SFODBY8

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@socrates

Only on SNS/youtube sites. Not on any mainstream news sites or TV.

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Not only people who support Agnes Chow because crisis of individual freedom or freedom of the press or human rights or democracy.

The other side including ”T” show to support her as symbol of anti-China.

The former is tolerant of refugees, but the latter is intolerant of even for example political refugees from HongKong.

Japanese Abe government who want to silence people who criticize government do not say anything except "grave concern".

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I prefer to believe people who are actually from the scene, not the opinion from people outside.

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OssanAmerica:

@socrates

Only on SNS/youtube sites. Not on any mainstream news sites or TV.

テレビ東京

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=0q3jOs0UR08&feature=emb_logo

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Just like Peter Gabriel said about Stephen Biko in 1980, 'And the world is watching now'.

Agnes Chow, stand up for your rights and freedom. We're on your side and we salute you!

HokkaidoboyToday  06:44 am JST

Agnes Chow, being only 23, is risking her freedom and liberty to fight for democracy and freedom of everyone in HK. She's worth a prize. May she stay strong.

Nobel Peace Prize.

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Shed a fluent Japanese speaker. Take her in, when/if China releases her

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The people of Hong Kong, should not bring a knife to a gunfight, Black in America were only people in history to liberate themselves from oppression, without violence, see how Black are moving for their final legal liberation and others will follow

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The world's democracies are giving a full frontal display of abject cowardice. Ambassadors should be recalled for "consultations" and consulates closed. National "leaders" should be speaking our forcefully in defense of Jimmy Lai and Agnes Chow. Instead they avert their eyes, twiddle their thumbs and mumble. Deplorable!

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PLEASE mind your own business.

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Miss chow. U have to educate yourself better.

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"Miss chow. U have to educate yourself better."

I suggest instead you read the US Declaration of Independence. You are the one with much to learn.

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socrateosAug. 12  09:47 pm JST

OssanAmerica:

@socrates

Only on SNS/youtube sites. Not on any mainstream news sites or TV.

テレビ東京

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=0q3jOs0UR08&feature=emb_logo

Did you read where I said "youtube"???

Mainstream news sites refer to her as Shuu Tei.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200813/k10012564881000.html?utm_int=news_contents_news-main_002

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