- The more extreme elements have hijacked the protest movement and aim to have Beijing deploy troops on the streets of Hong Kong
Many people in Hong Kong and the United States have hidden agendas and are baying for Tiananmen 2.0. Others who wish to avoid it at all costs are nevertheless using the bloody crackdown 30 years ago as a historical lesson to understand the current crisis. But then as now, people have tended to overanalyse Beijing and underappreciate the changing strategies, tactics and rhetoric of the student leaders.
There is a significant parallel between our local rebels and the Beijing students, especially the more extreme and intransigent ones. Bear in mind that in both cases, what they said and what they really wanted were two different things.
To better understand the more extreme of our rebellious youths, I suggest you watch the infamous interview of Chai Ling " conducted by the filmmakers of the groundbreaking documentary The Gate of Heavenly Peace " five days before the June 4 crackdown.
She said: "What we expect/hope next is bloodshed, which means that in the end the government will have no alternative but to use a butcher's knife on its citizens. I think only when the square is flooded with blood can the Chinese people really see clearly, only then can they be truly united.
"But how can I say these words to my fellow students? . . . that we must shed blood here, that we must use blood and lives to awaken the people?"
I am not suggesting our young protesters are ready to shed their own blood. But many are more than happy to see the city go up in flames after the People's Liberation Army troops and/or People's Armed Police take over the streets.
Forget about their so-called "five demands" or the complaint that the government is not listening.
What is happening is that moderation has given way to intransigence in the past two months; the radicals have hijacked the protest movement and spurned every opportunity to declare victory " the government's shelving of the extradition bill " by using every excuse to prolong and escalate the violence.
They need to discredit and demoralise Hong Kong police so much that deploying PLA and/or PAP troops becomes necessary, just as Chai had wanted on June 4. What is unbelievable is that large swathes of the public in Hong Kong are blindly supporting this self-destructive path.
The communists have learned from Tiananmen and are not falling for it. But that won't stop our rebels from trying.
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