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Letter: Hong Kong protesters making statement for democracy
Hong Kong
Protesters block the police headquarters in Hong Kong, Friday, June 21, 2019. More than 1,000 protesters blocked Hong Kong police headquarters into the evening Friday, while others took over major streets as the tumult over the city's future showed no signs of abating. - photo by Associated Press

It is a breath of fresh air to see the massive protests in Hong Kong against the newly proposed extradition law that would allow China to receive anyone it deemed a threat to mainland China.  Also, the protesters want Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign.

It is notable that 2 million Hong Kong protesters filled the streets out of a population of 7 million.  That is a statement for democracy. Hong Kong is a city-state that was handed over by the British government in 1997 because of a 99-year lease agreement made in 1898.

The spirit of the handover was that Hong Kong would have its own government ruling the city-state even though Carrie Lam was picked by mainland China to run the city similar to a governorship.  

Even though pepper spray and rubber bullets were used to disperse some of the protestors it did not evolve into something like the Tiananmen Square Massacre, where thousands of young Chinese students were slaughtered by the Chinese Army.

Mainland China is not a free country by any stretch of the imagination.  

If you openly talk about the Tiananmen Square Massacre you will be arrested, or worse.  If you jaywalk in downtown Beijing you could have your face posted on large electronic billboards throughout the city to shame you.  

You could also lose social and creditworthy status with repeat offenses.

Even though the extradition law has been suspended temporarily, Chief Executive Carrie Lam should step down. The extradition law should be dropped immediately.  

Mainland China is jealous of the success of Hong Kong, and it can't stand the idea of democracy working in a city-state that is so close. This is also why the Chinese can't stand the idea of Taiwan thriving as a successful democracy less than a hundred miles from their shores.

The U.S. needs to stay out of this peaceful protest and let things play out.  

China holds us hostage financially because of the rare metals that we have to buy from them.  Rare metals are in almost everything electronic from iPhones to F-22 fighter aircraft. The F-22 has almost a thousand pounds of rare metals.

Hong Kong is the crown jewel of that part of the world, and I hope that it stays that way into the future.

William McKee

Flowery Branch

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