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Thousands of protesters throng streets of Hong Kong as government urges calm

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By Kate O'Donnell-Lamb and Jessie Pang

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Protesters engage in violence, no sympathies from me whatever happens after that.

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In principle violence is not a good thing. But without violence in the face of oppression by England, the United States would not exist. At times when a party is overwhelmed by the size and power of an oppressor, especially one which freely uses violence, there are no alternatives.

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Today almost 1 million Hongkongers march peacefully.

There has been no violence at all so far.

Will it be heard by the government? No!

And violent protests will start again. No other choice for the Hongkongers I believe.

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Protesters engage in violence, no sympathies from me

In principle violence is not a good thing. But without violence in the face of oppression by England, the United States would not exist.

Obviously you have missed some very important "real" facts as to what led and whom started engaging in violence. I as many around the world have followed HK closely and it was not the protestors who started the violence but the militarized HK police. It was not the protestors who openly shot and killed anyone. So keep your sympathy it is not needed.

True violence is not a good thing until it is necessary to gain freedom of oppression. While you used the US as an example, historically it goes way beyond that. England itself fought for its own freedoms, Spain, France, we can take this as far back to Egypt and the Israelites. Historically dictatorship has been fought on many fronts and of course the ultimate sacrifice of life has been paid for that freedom and moving forward. That is part of life. Many out there blame the US as killing Muslims, but in reality that is not the case, the US kills terrorists and oppressions of those not able to fight back. HK is not different as the protestors are not heavily armed like the CCP military. They are just like the old farmer days with pitchforks against the buckshot rifle.

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Wouldn't condone violence of any kind... Violence generally isn't going to garner any support, especially against this china. I would also like to remind people of the multiple incident of plain clothed / undercover police instigating the violence in the first place.

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They better keep protesting or else it'll be all over and Beijing will step right in

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Demonstrators are angry at what they perceive are more curbs on freedoms promised to Hong Kong when the then British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997

The writers of this Reuter’s article are living in some parallel universe perhaps?

The Hong Kong people are objecting to forced kidnappings, restrictions on movement,blackmail, curbs on free speech, detentions and more.

There is no ‘perception’ - there are many cases not referenced which have forced all Hong Kongers to demonstrate.

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Protesters engage in violence, no sympathies from me whatever happens after that.

That has to be the straw that breaks these protests. An anonymous internet curmudgeon is definitely the authority from whom the protesters have been waiting to hear.

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