China is a force to be reckoned with, undoubtedly, but when democracy itself is on the line, upsetting the Red Giant is a risk that we must take.
In the case of Hong Kong, where protesters have been taking to the streets for weeks to combat Beijing’s constant encroaching on their freedoms, there have been no shortage of cries for help from the Americans. We have spend centuries promoting freedom and the idea of democracy around the world, and Hong Kong’s citizens were concerned that the USA-China trade debacle would have forced America to act timidly in the face of further economic warfare.
But no. Donald Trump has signed a series of resolutions of support for the people of Hong Kong, and they are now showing their gratitude in a heartfelt Thanksgiving rally.
Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong staged a “Thanksgiving” rally on Thursday evening in response to President Donald Trump signing two bills in support of the city’s pro-democracy movement.
Demonstrators took to the streets shortly after the president signed the legislation. Some draped themselves in U.S. flags and expressed gratitude for the administration’s support.
“The rationale for us having this rally is to show our gratitude and thank the U.S Congress and also President Trump for passing the bill,” student Sunny Cheung, 23, told Reuters. “We are really grateful about that and we really appreciate the effort made by Americans who support Hong Kong, who stand with Hong Kong, who do not choose to side with Beijing.”
Footage from Hong Kong speaks for itself.
#Thanksgiving night in Hong Kong – Thank US for passing the Human Right and Democracy Act. pic.twitter.com/t569rfwSiC
— ShanShan Kao (@shanmushy) November 28, 2019
Hong Kong protesters hold Thanksgiving Day rally to express gratitude to the U.S. after President Trump signs bills backing them https://t.co/J41RJw1I1V pic.twitter.com/LiY4zgnf32
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 28, 2019
The crowd is excited after the signing of #HKHRDA n pro-democracy camp’s #HKDCElections landslide victory. Joshua Wong just said on stage next step will make HK Human Rights & Democracy Act “遍地開花” (blossoms everywhere) globally #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/fVA099VUKD
— Vivienne Chow (@VivienneChow) November 28, 2019
Let freedom ring, friends, and stay safe.