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War at the dinner table: Hong Kong families divided over protests

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This truly is a shame. These three young people aren't the only ones. I hope their stories stay front and centre.

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Heard from one Chinese language colleague who hears stuff / rumors generated from the ulta rich in China that invasion plans for Hong Kong and Taiwan are being finalized. And to think I will be presenting there in November. Could be a real memory.

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re: "I think it comes down to education. My parents were educated in China and weren't taught about democracy and freedom," he said, explaining how his parents came to Hong Kong in the 1990s as stowaways looking for a better quality of life.

Uneducated parents but wise enough to recognize life was better in Hong Kong. Surprised to find them reacting as such vs being more supportive as they know first hand experience the real China. Perhaps I have answered myself as the parents are more afraid for the outcome and future of their child.

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God bless these and all the other protesters. The Chinese government cannot be trusted to respect the freedoms of the HK people. I hope the protesters win the fight.

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We all know what respects will "HK people" get from the west: you are not special.

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As for the Hong Kong local's, they all have BNO (British National Overseas) passport, 

Only those that were already permanent residents in HK in 97 and not liking elsewhere. Many youths that lived only in HK do not have it as their parents were not settled. Many that come from Mainland were fleeing that hell, and they have no BNO.

should plan to migrate out, they will easily get citizenship in the west.

Nothing is easy. Canada is one of the only Western country that could give citizenship to many of them, but not to all, that would be for young professionals. Other Western countries would pick a handful in professions they need. The Brits... well, if they wanted them, they'd have given the full citizenship in 97, not that discounted status, and that's not "leaders" like Johnson that will do anything. The BNO allows them to leave and travel, not to settle. Taiwan and Singapore are small places, they cannot take so many. Japan...er, forget. Then relocating is costly, particularly for certain professions. If you own a business or a shop, it's bad timing to sell , so you'd lose most of the value of your properties and if you in addition you are still repaying loans, you are trapped. What happens to pensioners ?

the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, China subtly threatened to buy London Stock Exchange,

What a threat...

Will JT now interview pro China supporters? 

Jackie Chan has had his 15 minutes on JT many times. He's the only sincere fan of the regime. All the others "support" because they have no choice.

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Lemme guess: youth supports the protests and the adults thinks its all a nonsense/

Amiright?

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Protesting is the easiest thing on the planet. You don't need a brain for that, all you need is legs that you can walk with. You don't even need a face for a protecting, cover it with a black mask so no one knows that you are just a parasite.

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Protesting is the easiest thing on the planet. You don't need a brain for that, all you need is legs that you can walk with. You don't even need a face for a protecting, cover it with a black mask so no one knows that you are just a parasite.

I'd say it's not as easy as commenting on a news website... You don't even need a black mask for that, right?

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The Chinese government has used forceful and coercive actions on several occasions on Hong Kong citizens.

The Chinese regime have illegally taken people from Hong Kong to China or taken them whilst on trips to China. 

Lam Wing-kee

Lee Bo,

Gu Zhuoheng

are only three of those that have endured thug-like behavior from the CCP.

We should not mistake the protests in Hong Kong as a sudden response to a withdrawn bill but as a response to a blatant disregard for human rights over a period of time!

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Protesting is the easiest thing on the planet. You don't need a brain for that, all you need is legs that you can walk with. You don't even need a face for a protecting, cover it with a black mask so no one knows that you are just a parasite.

So should the CCP put tanks in the streets and execute these protestors like they did in ‘89 at Tiananmen Square?

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Strangerland, to protect peace and property against terrorism is the demand of Chinese people of their govt. China has no double standards in dealing with terrorism, 89 is the same standard, 8900 is still the same standard.

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89 is the same standard, 8900 is still the same standard.

I’m sorry, I’m not sure you understand what happened in ‘89 due to the CCP suppressing this information in China. So it’s unclear if you are agreeing with me.

Do you think the CCP should take tanks to the streets and execute the protestors in Tiananmen Square in 89? It’s a simple yes or no answer.

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Strangerland, there is nothing wrong to suppress terrorism. It is not wrong then, and it will be not wrong in the future.

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Strangerland, there is nothing wrong to suppress terrorism. It is not wrong then, and it will be not wrong in the future.

Does that mean you think it is acceptable and justifiable for a government to murder protestors in the streets? I think that’s what you are saying. Is that correct?

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to protect peace and property against terrorism is the demand of Chinese people of their govt.

Duly noted, so what about the will and the people in HK? By the way...you say, the Chinese people demand the government protect peace and property, how do we know that’s what the people want? Why is it the people in China are allowed to see the violence and protests in HK but are NOT allowed to hear the reasons or wishes, demands of the HK people?

China has no double standards in dealing with terrorism, 89 is the same standard, 8900 is still the same standard.

What bunch of garbage! I have met so many Chinese people that study in Japan and the States that were born after 1989 and are absolutely floored when they see videos of what happened Tiananmen Square, they can’t believe it’s their country and that so many people were murdered, no wonder so many of them don’t want to move back once they’ve left.

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The only way for a country to fall, is to create distrust among it's citizens. For the older citizens , they are correct too. Stability is most important. For the younger citizens, how much more freedom do U want ??. Freedom, Is anyone really free ???. Think abt this point???. Even the gods are not free to do , what they want.Maybe, some of the protesters are unhappy abt , something else ???.

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Strangerland, there is nothing wrong to suppress terrorism. It is not wrong then, and it will be not wrong in the future.

Does that mean you think it is acceptable and justifiable for a government to murder protestors in the streets? I think that’s what you are saying. Is that correct?

You know the answer. They aren't 'protestors', they're 'terrorists'. That makes it ok in her mind to senselessly murder them.

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