Who Suffer? Who Are Heroes?


Unless there are heroes, common people are always the victims whether in war, revolution or street politics for whatever lofty goal: revolution, constant revolution, proletarian dictatorship, communism, democracy or national glory.

Mao’s Red Guards and Rebels killed, tortured, beat innocent people, destroyed cultural relics, stopped school education, etc. all for their lofty goals of class struggle and constant revolution to bring their alleged long-term benefit to common people.

Who suffered? The common people, i.e. the general public.

Ukrainian revolutionists drove away democratically elected president for their lofty goal to join the EU resulting in a divided nation. Eastern Ukrainian ethnic Russians drew in Russian troops for merger into Russia and joined them to fight a civil war causing much more civil than military casualties.

A country with nearly half people wanting to join EU and the other half pro-Russian. The extremists in the two factions choose to fight it out instead of compromise.

Who suffer? The common people, i.e. the general public.

A great nation has two parties filled with wise politicians. For some time, they failed to agree on budget resulting in sequestration that gave rise to much trouble.

Who suffered? The common people, i.e. the general public.

Fortunately, the wise politicians compromised to put an end to common people’s suffering and set an example of wise compromise for the people.

In a well-known city, radical students and other youngsters blocked streets aiming at paralyzing the government for true universal suffrage. That is certainly a lofty goal.

However, they have brought much trouble to the general public. For more than a week, they have stopped school education in affected areas, caused much trouble to common people who wanted to go to work to earn a living and greatly hindered retail, catering and transport business.

They say that the general public shall make sacrifice for their lofty goal of universal suffrage that will bring long-term benefit to the general public. Some old people and housewives who tried to remove their roadblocks that hinder common people’s normal life were accused and regarded as rioters by them.

In fact, if they want to paralyze the government, they shall block government offices while allowing common people to continue their normal daily activities.

Now, to avoid police using force to drive them away, they have allowed government workers to go to their offices so that they will not paralyze the government, but they continue to block the streets to partially paralyze common people’s life and business. Why? They say that if they do not block the streets, they will have no bargaining chips in their dialogue with the government.

They are democracy fighters who have won praise the world over.

The government does not take any action to bring any relief to common people. It is praised for its restraints. On the other hand, it refused to compromise and thus won praise from the higher authority.

Who have suffered? The common people, i.e. the general public.

Then, who are heroes? The democracy fighters at Tiananmen Square in 1989 are heroes.

They did not block streets or do anything to give rise to inconvenience to common people. They wanted to overcome corruption to bring benefit to common people. If they had succeeded, there would not have been the rampant corruption later.

The general public did not suffer. Who suffered then?

The democracy fighters at Tiananmen Square suffered.

They risked their life when the Chinese Communist Party sent troops to suppress them. Some of them were arrested and imprisoned; others fled abroad and have remained in exile for more than 25 years now.

They are the heroes we shall always remember.

Unless there are heroes, common people are always the victims whether in war, revolution or street politics for whatever lofty goal: revolution, constant revolution, proletarian dictatorship, communism, democracy or national glory.


Hong Kong College Students Took the Lead in Fighting for True Democracy


  Riot police fire teargas to disperse protesters after thousands of demonstrators blocked the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 29, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Stringer

Riot police fire teargas to disperse protesters after thousands of demonstrators blocked the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 29, 2014.
Credit: Reuters/Stringer

In my post on March 31 titled “College students are China’s hope for democracy; Over 100,000 protest in Taiwan”, I said, “We Chinese are proud of our college students. They are the driving force of Chinese history. See how similar are Taiwan college students’ Sunflower Campaign to Chinese college students’ campaign for democracy at Tiananmen Square 25 years ago. They are so disciplined and well-organized, strong but peaceful.”

Now, Hong Kong college students have come out to fight for democracy. Their courage and perfect organization and discipline are as admirable as the heroic students in Beijing and Taipei. They have won the support of thousands of Hong Kong people.

The following is the full text of Reuter’s report on their struggle:

Hong Kong democracy protesters defy tear gas, baton charge in historic standoff

Riot police advanced on Hong Kong democracy protesters in the early hours of Monday, firing volleys of tear gas after launching a baton-charge in the worst unrest there since China took back control of the former British colony two decades ago.

Some protesters erected barricades to block security forces amid chaotic scenes still unfolding just hours before one of the world’s major financial centers was due to open for business. Many roads leading to the Central business district remained sealed off as thousands defied police calls to retreat.

Earlier, police baton-charged a crowd blocking a key road in the government district in defiance of official warnings that the demonstrations were illegal.

Several scuffles broke out between police in helmets, gas masks and riot gear, with demonstrators angered by the firing of tear gas, last used in Hong Kong in 2005.

“If today I don’t stand up, I will hate myself in future,” said taxi driver Edward Yeung, 55, as he swore at police on the frontline. “Even if I get a criminal record it will be a glorious one.”

White clouds of gas wafting between some of the world’s most valuable office towers and shopping malls underscored the struggle that China’s Communist Party faces in stamping its will on Hong Kong’s more than 7 million people.

China took back control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997.

Eight years earlier, Beijing’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy students in Tiananmen Square in 1989 had sent shockwaves through Hong Kong as people saw how far China’s rulers would go to maintain their grip on power.

Thousands of protesters were still milling around the main Hong Kong government building, ignoring messages from student and pro-democracy leaders to retreat for fear that the police might fire rubber bullets.

Australia and Italy issued travel warnings for Hong Kong, urging their citizens to avoid protest sites. Some financial firms in the business district advised staff to work from home or from another location.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement on Sunday that Washington supported Hong Kong’s well-established traditions and fundamental freedoms, such as peaceful assembly and expression.

PEPPER SPRAY, TEAR GAS

The protests fanned out to the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay and across the harbor to Mong Kok, posing a greater challenge for authorities to contain, local media reported. The protesters brought traffic to a halt and called on Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying to step down.

Police, in lines five deep in places, earlier used pepper spray against activists and shot tear gas into the air. The crowds fled several hundred yards (meters), scattering their umbrellas and hurling abuse at police they called “cowards”.

Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule under a formula known as “one country, two systems” that guaranteed a high degree of autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China. Universal suffrage was set as an eventual goal.

But Beijing last month rejected demands for people to freely choose the city’s next leader, prompting threats from activists to shut down the Central business district. China wants to limit elections to a handful of candidates loyal to Beijing.

Communist Party leaders in Beijing are concerned that calls for democracy could spread to cities on the mainland.

In a move certain to unnerve authorities in Beijing, media in Taiwan reported that student leaders there had occupied the lobby of Hong Kong’s representative office on the island in a show of support for the democracy protesters.

Hong Kong leader Leung had earlier pledged “resolute” action against the protest movement, known as Occupy Central with Love and Peace.

“The police are determined to handle the situation appropriately in accordance with the law,” Leung said, less than two hours before the police charge began.

“NEVER GIVE UP”

Police had not used tear gas in Hong Kong since breaking up protests by South Korean farmers against the World Trade Organisation in 2005.

“We will fight until the end … we will never give up,” said Peter Poon, a protester in his 20s, adding that he may have to retreat temporarily during the night.

Police denied rumors that they had used rubber bullets.

A spokesperson for China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said the central government fully supported Hong Kong’s handling of the situation “in accordance with the law”.

Such dissent would never be tolerated on the mainland, where the phrase “Occupy Central” was blocked on Sunday on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. It had been allowed earlier in the day.

A tearful Occupy organizer, Benny Tai, said he was proud of people’s determination to fight for “genuine” universal suffrage, but that the situation was getting out of control, local broadcaster RTHK reported. He said he believed he would face heavy punishment for initiating the movement.

Protesters huddled in plastic capes, masks and goggles as they braced for a fresh police attempt to clear them from the financial district before Hong Kong re-opens for business. The city’s financial markets are expected to open as usual on Monday. [ID:nL3N0RT0KT]

“WE WILL WIN WITH LOVE AND PEACE”

Publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, a key backer of the democracy movement, joined the protesters.

“The more Hong Kong citizens come, the more unlikely the police can clear up the place,” said Lai, also wearing a plastic cape and protective glasses. “Even if we get beaten up, we cannot fight back. We will win this war with love and peace.”

Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan said three fellow legislators were among a small group of activists detained by police, including democratic leaders Albert Ho and Emily Lau.

Organizers said as many as 80,000 people thronged the streets in Admiralty district, galvanized by the arrests of student activists on Friday. No independent estimate of the crowd numbers was available.

A week of protests escalated into violence when student-led demonstrators broke through a cordon late on Friday and scaled a fence to invade the city’s main government compound.

Police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. The Hong Kong Federation of Students has extended class boycotts indefinitely and called on the city’s leader to step down.

Police have so far arrested 78 people, including Joshua Wong, the 17-year-old leader of student group Scholarism, who was dragged away after calling on protesters to charge the government premises.

Wong was released without charge on Sunday night. He told reporters he planned to return to the protest site after resting. Student leaders Alex Chow and Lester Shum have also been released.

Source: Reuters “Hong Kong democracy protesters defy tear gas, baton charge in historic standoff”

Related posts at tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com:

  • China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash dated September 12, 2014
  • Hong Kong Democracy a Model for China’s Democratization dated September 6, 2014
  • The Wise Way to Fight for Democracy in Hong Kong dated September 3, 2014
  • Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy dated September 1, 2014
  • Beijing Tightening Its Grip of Hong Kong by Various Means dated July 2, 2014
  • College students are China’s hope for democracy; Over 100,000 protest in Taiwan dated March 31, 2014

Buy Print Version of My Book at Amazon US for US$13.50 in June


I have checked Amazon website and found that Amazon provides 10% discount on my 50% reduced price of US$15.00; therefore, I hereby give advice to those who intend to buy the print version of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition that they had better buy the book at amazon.com for US$13.50 using the following link:

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Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The 50% discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests. Amazon’s 10% discount has nothing to do with me. It is up to Amazon to decide whether it will continue to provide the 10% discount after June. If it does, the price of the printed version of my book after June will be US$27.00 instead of US$30.00 at amazon.com after June.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at MXN38.66 from Mexico


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to MXN38.66 in Mexico equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.com.mx/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_es_MX=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at CDN$3.27 from Canada


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to CDN$3.27 in Canada equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at B$6.72 from Brazil


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to B$6.72 in Brazil equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.com.br/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_pt_BR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at EUR2.68 from Spain


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to EUR2.68 in Spain equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.es/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_es_ES=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00KTF095W&sprefix=B00KT%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AB00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at EUR2.68 from Italy


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to EUR2.68 in Italy equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.it/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at EUR2.68 from Germany


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to EUR2.68 in Germany equivalent to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.


Buy Kindle version of my book 70% off in June at USD2.99 from the US


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It takes lots of time for me to get the prices of the Kindle version of my book reduced by 70% to US$2.99 in the United States. Please use the following link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D154606011&field-keywords=B00KTF095W

Description of my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded 2nd Edition can be find in my post “Big Discounts on My Book to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen” at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/heavy-discounts-on-my-book-to-commemorate-the-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen/

The discount is only available in June to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests.

Note:
Those who order from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain can enjoy the 70% discount at the price in their own currencies equivalent to the price in US dollars if they order the book from their own countries.

Those who order the Kindle version from the countries other than the above-listed countries may have to pay higher prices as prices vary due to tax and other factors according to Amazon.com. For example, those who order the Kindle version of my book from Hong Kong have to pay 4.99 US dollars per copy. I really do not know why, but that is the fact.

To avoid paying a higher price, I suggest that people in other countries had better use the US link to order the book and pay $2.99 in US dollars, but I do not know whether it is allowed. Better try.