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Starbucks becomes latest target of Hong Kong protester rage

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There will be riots no matter what, they are supported by Americans. Before it was about new law by Hong Kong government now it's I don't even know about what anymore.

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@Satedaya

it's about the 5 clear points they are demanding for months... it's very clear why. And it's fed up HK people not "supported" or "manipulated" by anybody.

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Billionaire corporations speaking at a human rights council... I guess everyone is entitled to free speech, but it's obvious that all these corporate bodies care about is money, not human rights. And where does their power come from? Selling coffee and desserts? How does that give them any moral authority? Vandalism is most likely not the answer, but it certainly is an understandable reaction by a "little guy" to a behemoth who is actively trying to take away their rights.

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10/1 will be interesting. HK will never go down without a fight, and be assured that the Taiwanese are paying attention.

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Yes because destroying property and inciting violence is a wonderful way to 'protest' for your cause.

Ludicrous

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10/1 will be interesting. HK will never go down without a fight, and be assured that the Taiwanese are paying attention.

What are they gonna do? Impeach Carrie Lam? Lol. They are fighting a losing battle, and everyone knows that, except their delusional supporters who live in their own semi-reality.

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Proof that this was done by HK people? None, then I will take this article with a pinch of salt.

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Time is on China's side. The protesters will run out of steam. Clearly the elite are calling the shots in HK not the Chinese likely with the backdoor deals in place. The protestors where correct in going after those who support the CCP over their own private profits and well forget everyone else. Boycotting the rich is where it hurts them the most. No shopping means no profits, support their competition the old fashioned mom n pop cafe's.

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The real question here is how come there are mainland billionaires? Does not communism spread the wealth amongst everyone especially lazy people that do not want to work?

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The real question here is how come there are mainland billionaires? Does not communism spread the wealth amongst everyone especially lazy people that do not want to work?

The CCP aren’t communists. They are interested in power.

The second ‘c’ should now be read as ‘corrupt’.

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Lol communism China style!!

Billionaires support it but the ordinary folks hate it, and I am not speaking only about Hong Kong.

The feelings are shared in mainland China too.

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Beijing is piling pressure on businesses to publicly condemn the protests.

Piling pressure by damaging the property of businesses and then blaming it on the protesters.

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Top franchise owners and Execs in McDonalds like to tell the story of how their McDs wasn't attacked during the Rodney King LA riots of '92 because those from the neighborhoods rioting saw McDonalds as a true part of the community.

What stories will execs and franchise owners of Starbucks be telling about their connection to the protesting in Hong Kong?

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Kuro: "And it's fed up HK people not "supported" or "manipulated" by anybody."

The ringleaders of these RIOTS are travelling the world trying to get other governments to support them and where do you think these ringleaders are getting their finance to travel etc.; not by working because they are too busy agitating. These riots are being financed by NED ( an arm of the CIA) and the CIA has been grooming Joshua Wong for the past 5 years. He was in the US five years ago (and several times since) undergoing CIA assessment. 

These RIOTS are no more that US trying to disrupt and create havoc for the Chinese government. If the US can oust the Chinese government  from HK they will be able to establish ANOTHER military base on China's doorstep. Plus, of course, the US wants to encourage the business establishment to leave HK so as to. further, affect China's economy. This same CIA mode is being applied to Venezuela, Cuba, Iran,....

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Robert S. AbenzToday  03:57 pm JST

10/1 will be interesting. HK will never go down without a fight, and be assured that the Taiwanese are paying attention.

What are they gonna do? Impeach Carrie Lam? Lol. They are fighting a losing battle, and everyone knows that, except their delusional supporters who live in their own semi-reality.

There are people hopeless and others fighting for their future. The middle age mindset has evolved thanks to the second ones. No current power is indefinite.

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Ulysses: "Billionaires support it but the ordinary folks hate it, and I am not speaking only about Hong Kong."

I believe there are many billionaires in the US, including the current US president. There is also a lot of poverty and al lot of homelessness.

When will they start protesting in Washington, NY,....

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Revolutions always happen for a reason. And the biggest reason tends to be autocratic rulers who are not accountable to the people.

There is no democracy in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is run by the business and government elites who curry favor with Beijing and who are not accountable to the people. Carrie Lam is a hand-picked Beijing puppet.

And anyone that knows anything about Hong Kong knows that this is an organic movement. The idea that millions of people would demonstrate because they have been put up to it by the CIA is an insult to the citizens of HK.

The protests may ultimately be in vain, but at least the citizens are trying to effect change. And while violence is never to be desired, sometimes people are left with no other choice other than to meekly submit to tyrannical rule.

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zones2sur:

Unfortunately. the worlds 2 biggest economies, China and the US, are run by " autocratic rulers who are not accountable to the people" and "by the business and government elites", "who are not accountable to the people."

This is why I keep posting that people should start holding their government to account, start taking control of the politicians they elect.

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After the CCP conclude their 70th Year celebrations, they will move into HK, and the protests will be crushed. This is the most likely outcome. And there's absolutely nothing the rest of the World (baring Trump) wants to do to stop the corrupt regime...

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China has 476 billionaires. When Chinese billionaires are afraid, they leave China. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/china-billionaires-ceo-disappearing-missing-station-sanctioned-abductions-beijing-security-agencies-a7564896.html They don't want to be "disappeared."

Immigration into the UK from wealthy Chinese has risen nearly 50%. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1592975/47-cent-chinese-super-rich-want-leave-country-barclays-survey 47% plan to leave China within the next 5 yrs.

When US billionaires are afraid, they use lawyers.

That's a huge difference.

The property damage in Hong Kong isn't about any brand. It is about individual statements and actions from someone believed to have control over the HK locations. OTOH, less burnt coffee in the world is a good thing, if you ask me.

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Somehow this doesn't surprise me. In many of the anti-globalization riots since the 1999 'Battle of Seattle' anarchists often would trash a Starbucks. They often would paint an 'F' over the letter 'B' which is a major unofficial reason why Starbucks changed their logo to having no name on it. Starbucks is a prime target of rage in these disturbances, maybe as a capitalist/Western/imperial/elitist/yuppie symbol perhaps.

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@zones2surf

Your very brief summary of the current HK situation is just spot on: brilliant!

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Enjoy the pro-democratic freedom as being Chinese as you can. If you do this in Japan, or anywhere in the world, you will be anti-democracy terrorists and will be in jails, by all international laws.

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What happened in HK is a litmus test of terrorists and terrorism. Abe govt should speak out to denounce it, because he claimed that Japan is a rule-based democratic nation. 1.6 billion northeast Asians are definitely against the terrorists in HK.

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1.6 billion northeast Asians are definitely against the terrorists in HK.

Are you lumping Japan into that number?

Every Japanese person I’ve spoken to thinks the CCP bully-boys are scumbags.

I’d agree. Revolting people.

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I wouldn't put it past the possibility that some foolish person(s) who identify with the protests may have done this.

But I doubt it.

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HK is not a democratic ruled-based "country".

I support democracy and all what is needed to achieve it.

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What pro-democracy ? Disregarding 1.6 billion people is not pro-democratic, nor democratic, quite opposite, it is anti-democratic.

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"The General Assembly

Strongly condemns all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, wherever and by whomsoever committed;

Reiterates that criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstances unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or other nature that may be invoked to justify them;

Calls upon all States to adopt further measures in accordance with the relevant provisions of international law, including international standards of human rights, to prevent terrorism and to strengthen international cooperation in combating terrorism...”

--United Nation Resolution

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What pro-democracy ? Disregarding 1.6 billion people is not pro-democratic, nor democratic, quite opposite, it is anti-democratic.

There are not 1.6 billion people in Hong Kong.

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When will they start protesting in Washington, NY,....

US , unlike Hong Kong and China, is a democracy .

In case it escaped your notice , people do protest in US ,on all sorts of causes.

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