A Chinese dissident is warning of an impending crackdown by the communist Chinese regime after reports that a protestor was beaten bloody in the streets of Hong Kong Wednesday.
“The Communist Party is determined to let blood flow in Hong Kong,” Wang Dan, a member of the student-led Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, reportedly said.
Wang is now 50 and is not participating in the protests in Hong Kong, but observing them closely. He spoke out, urging President Donald J. Trump to assist in freeing Hong Kong, after Jimmy Sham, a known quantity in Hong Kong and one of the leaders of the anti-Beijing protests, was brutally attacked.
“Jimmy Sham, one of the public faces of Hong Kong’s protest movement, was left bloodied and lying on the street after allegedly being assaulted by an unidentified gang in Mong Kok district last night,” Daily Mail said.
In a harrowing story, British commentator Katie Hopkins reported that Sham repeated one of the protestors’ pro-democracy mottos while lying bloody in the streets.
“On way into ambulance he repeated ‘5 demands not 1,’” Hopkins reported.
That report was later confirmed by NPR.
“Five demands, not one less” has become a go-to slogan of the protestors.
The protests in Hong Kong began over a bill that would have subjected citizens of Hong Kong to extradition to mainland China in criminal matters. In the minds of the protestors, that was a severe violation of the existing arrangement between Hong Kong and Beijing. Though Hong Kong is part of China, it has its own relatively Western system of governance. The protests in Hong Kong have morphed into a fight for complete democracy in Hong Kong. That’s when they made four further demands of the communist Chinese regime.
“Aside from the withdrawal of the [extradition] bill, the protesters had also demanded an independent probe into the use of force by police; amnesty for arrested protesters; a halt to categorising the protests as riots; and the implementation of universal suffrage,” South China Morning Post reported.
But the goal of democracy in Hong Kong is not one that will be easily achieved in the face of the Beijing regime, known for brutal crackdowns on protestors and severe human rights violations.
Wang warned on his Facebook page of impending violence.
“Some friends have advised Hong Kong protesters not to resort to violent measures. They said it would draw violence from the country,” he said. “But Jimmy Sham had always promoted peaceful, sensible and non-violent (demonstrations), and had followed the principle again and again while organising rallies, but [he] still received the murder-like attack.”
Sham, who is 32, released a statement from his hospital bed, urging his fellow protestors not to seek revenge.
“Regardless of the identity, ethnicity, skin colour of the perpetrators, the root of the problem is the violence of the regime and the political system,” he reportedly said. “No matter how difficult the situation on Sunday might be, everyone please take care and be safe.”
The protests in Hong Kong are generally most turbulent on the weekends, when citizens who normally work during the weekdays have time to join in the demonstrations.